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Report: Flyers show interest in trading for Dan Boyle

Mar 24, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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Dan Boyle might not want to be traded, but it sounds like some of the NHL’s boldest franchises are circling the San Jose Sharks defenseman.

First, word circulated that the New York Rangers might want to reunite the blueliner with John Tortorella. Now it sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers are getting in on the Boyle sweepstakes, too, according to

Both reports included a key caveat: the price needs to be reasonable (whatever that might mean).

Another important factor is that Boyle, 36, has one year remaining on his contract with a 2013-14 cap hit of $6.67 million. That means he would be a slightly longer fit than a typical “rental” player.

The Flyers might consider that a plus, despite his advancing age. The odds are seriously weighed against Philly to make the playoffs this season – Sports Club Stats gives them an 8.1 percent chance – so getting the benefit of an added season with Boyle is an important consideration, too.

With Brenden Morrow out of the mix, Boyle looks like one of the headliners of this year’s trade deadline rumor mill … whether he departs San Jose or not.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    With Boyle age/cap hit and the Flyers cap issues next season I can’t see it happening.

  2. DonkeyStick - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    This 2013 draft is full of D men and is one of the deepest drafts in over a decade. Can’t see them doing this.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I don’t know who i would want from the flyers on the sharks…. I personally don’t like any of them. Lol

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Because you’re a closet Pens supporter. But I don’t think this would be a prudent move on the Flyers part anyway. Yes they need a top Dman, but not necessarily a 37 yr old one with a $6.7 mil cap hit. Not to mention you’d probably have to give up atleast Laughton and a 2nd (probably more), it just doesn’t make sense. Unless the Flyers are planning on getting Bryz and Briere off the books in the offseason they can’t take on that type of salary. Especially with the cap ceiling lowering to 64 million next year. We’ll see, but don’t think it’s likely. It would be more likely if Bob Clarke was still the GM.

      • sjsblitz - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Give us Jakub or Hartnell and i’m game!

  4. mclovinhockey - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Boyle is good, but his cap hit brings his value down a ton. Almost 7 mill. All teams who have to fight the cap (which reduces next year by a good amount) are looking to get cheaper players. Philly already has 12.5 mill invested in just timonen and briere.

    Philly would have to give up to much to fit him in cap wise since the majority of players who the sharks could get in the deal have a much smaller hit

  5. jagrbomb18 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Ahem…Briere and a pick for Boyle….trade done

    • killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Briere has a No Movement Clause and after going through a messy divorce I’ld say there is about a .001% chance he willingly moves across the country away from his kids.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      $7M a year for Briere’s output says you’re wrong.

  6. bowman20 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Briere has a no movement clause in his contract and he has already stated that he has no intentions of lifting it.

  7. dkphilly1122 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I’d definitely pass on Boyle…….36 with a killer cap hit still next year. Not saying he isn’t a good D man, but not worth it for a young Flyers core and team. Like everyone keeps saying, the next draft has a ton of good D men so why trade any good players or prospects away for an aged D man. Yes the Flyers are good for that……but that was before the Youth Movement!! Let someone else in the East trade for him…….hopefully the Pens, Rangers or Bruins so they have no Cap space next year…..or a good bit less anyhow.

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    No way Boyle goes unless there is a good puck moving d man coming back, and the flyers have none

  9. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Trading Boyle would be two steps back maaaan

  10. flyeredup - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Maybe Holmgren can reverse the JVR trade. Fire Lavy!

  11. 19to77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Oh, yeah, Boyle’s definitely gonna waive his NTC to go to a barely-contender with a history of coming up short even longer than that of the Sharks.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    How are these trade chances being calculated because I had it at 17.4%?

  13. mclovinhockey - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Voracek would fetch a good deal more than Boyle. His age, contract and skill would fetch a guy closer to yandell or byfuglian.

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