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Tortorella wants ‘someone to take over the power play’

Mar 21, 2013, 9:12 PM EST

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Some people are reading between the lines that New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella would like the team to make a big trade.

ESPN’s Katie Strang passed along this intriguing Torts quote from Thursday:

“I still need someone to take over the power play and run it,” Tortorella said.

Strang then noted that the fiery head coach “didn’t sound convinced” that the right guy was on the Rangers’ roster or in the system. If the rumblings are true, it could end up being a blueliner who worked with Torts during his Stanley Cup-winning run with the Tampa Bay Lightning: Dan Boyle.

The 36-year-old offensive defenseman wouldn’t necessarily be seen as a “rental,” according to Strang.

Boyle is not a rental, either, but a source indicated to ESPNNewYork.com that the Rangers are not opposed to adding a player with years remaining on his contract if he’s a good fit. Boyle, who previously played under coach John Tortorella in Tampa, has one year remaining after this season on a six-year, $40 million deal that comes with an annual cap hit of $6.66 million.

While Boyle’s contract might not represent too steep of an asking price, Strang reports that the Sharks might want too much back in the form of young talent.

We’ll see what happens, but if Strang’s hints and Torts’ quotes are any indication, the Rangers are at least looking to make another splashy move as the trade deadline approaches.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I want him to stay in SJ, but he would fit great in NY

  2. steelers88 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Blah Blah Blah Blah I’m tired of hearing from Tortarella.

  3. stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    The real problem for the Rangers going after Dan Boyle is the cap space. I don’t see how they can afford to take on another $6.6 million hit next season. They already have a cap problem next year with $56 million in salary next year, and thats without re-signing Hagelin, Stepan, and McDonagh… all of which are going to get big raises over their entry level deals.

    In fact, the Rangers only have $1 million in cap space right now ($5 million if Staal is done for the year). That means they would have to move at least one of their top players. Its possible Gaborik could be on the block given his slump, but I’m not sure if trading a goal scorer like Gaborik (even with the slump) for an over the hill defensemen is a smart move when goal scoring is your big problem. Thats not to say Boyle isn’t a top notch player, becuase he is… but hes not suddenly going to make the Rangers an offensive machine no matter what. If Gaborik snaps out of his funk, he actually could help make the Rangers more dangerous.

    I expect the Rangers to make some sort of move before the deadline if they can find a willing partner… but I don’t see Dan Boyle ending up in a Rangers jersey.

    • gospitfires - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      the salary is the biggest concern ofcourse, but has anybody noticed how garbage dan boyle has been this season? less than half a point a game and minus 8 on the season on a good defensive SJ club. SJ is in the top 10 for least goals scored but cant score themselves, SJ could use Dan Boyle showing up, not sure what the Rangers think they can get out of him, he plays with some pretty good guys on teh SJ first unit PP and has been underwhelming.

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