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Video: Dan Boyle isn’t thrilled with how he’s been portrayed post-concussion

Feb 20, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

This season has been a struggle for Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. The 37-year-old rearguard missed extensive time with a concussion, struggled with his play upon returning and later acknowledged he rushed getting back into the lineup.

Now — following an Olympic break many pundits said would be good for him — Boyle’s responding to how he was portrayed in the media following the injury.

Here’s the video. Fast-forward to the 55 second mark.

A quick transcript for those unable to view:

“What can you say about me? Say whatever you want, you guys do anyway. I read the articles that this [Olympic break] is going to be really good for me, how I’ve been struggling all year, so you guys tell me.

“I’m 37 now, it’s not about individual points and I’ve been telling you guys that for years. Statistically, things weren’t really good last month but oddly enough, I think I’ve played pretty well. You guys are going to disagree because, statistically, it was horrible.

“But I do think a break is good for everybody. I did have a rough couple of months after the head injury but hopefully I’ll benefit from the break just like everybody else.”

Boyle had just one goal and three points in 15 games in January, finishing with a minus-4 rating. He’s on pace for just 32 points this season, which would be his lowest total since coming to San Jose in 2008.

  1. hosewater2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Is he talking about being portrayed as an own goal weenie?

  2. sjsharks66 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I agree with him that statistics only go so far. Must be tough when you think you are playing well and the media constantly paints you as a bad player.

    Boyle has had a very successful career. He is 37 and no one can be surprised if he starts slowing down. Especially after the incident this year. The guy is tough and plays through a lot of injuries.

    I hope after the break he can come back and do well statistically. So he can shut the media up awhile.

  3. skr213 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    The only statistic I care about for Boyle is his +/-. I’m fine with him not putting up points, but he’s got to be solid in his own end. If not, there are a bunch of young guys who are there to step in. I like Boyler, but if he’s a liability, you don’t play him for nostalgia’s sake.

  4. kaptaanamerica - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    +- is a misleading stat. better stats are possession based such as Corsi relative to the team and opposition, looking at defensive zone starts vs offensive, etc…, look at whether boyle increases the possession stats of players on the ice with him or without him on the ice…

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    If he played like he did last year this year and was injury free. He would definetly be on Team Canada. The dudes probably the best powerplay quarterback in the world, he’s a world class puck mover when he’s on his game.

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