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Dan Boyle ‘doesn’t believe for one second’ that he’s too old

May 3, 2014, 11:54 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks made a point to re-sign veteran forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau during the 2013-14 season, yet they left things hanging with defenseman Dan Boyle. The scoring blueliner told the Mercury News that he’d like to remain with San Jose, but he made one thing even clearer: he believes that he has plenty left in the tank.

“It’s too easy to say ‘he’s old and done,’ ” Boyle said. “That’s just a thing that’s too easy to say. At some point that’ll be true, but I don’t believe for one second that that is true.”

It’s easy to boil it all down to his point totals – 36 in 75 regular season games, four assists in the seven playoff games – and point to his days as a regular 50+ point guy. The 37-year-old made no mistake that he was limited by a concussion for a big chunk of this season and believes that a nice finish (including five points in six April games) makes an argument that he can still flirt with the work from his prime if healthy.

“I play a certain way. I’m a risk-reward type of player and we went through a stretch of games where we were winning and I wasn’t getting any points,” Boyle said. “I was making some very simple plays, but they were effective. The fact that it was too simple, eventually, I received some unfair comments because of that.”

The outspoken defenseman blasted the media for criticizing him, but ultimately, it all comes down to how the Sharks feel about him. If they think the game has passed him by to the point that they won’t offer the deal he wants (Boyle appears eager to get more than a one-year contract), then he may need to convince one of the league’s other 29 teams otherwise.

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  1. tyler4richardson - May 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    • James O'Brien - May 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      He does have the Scott Niedermayer lightning beard going, indeed.

  2. sharksfan754 - May 4, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    You’ve had a good run, Father Time catches up to all of us. I would think about resigning you for about 3 mil and 4/5 d man. No knock on the guy. He’s won a Stanley cup and a gold medal but it happens to everyone

  3. sjsharks86 - May 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I say Re-sign him, give him 2, get the discount and put him in a reduced role. That concussion def set him back, but he still provided value to the team. Pickles is our rock on the blueline now, should take some of the pressure off of Boyler.

  4. pandorasdadca - May 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    He’s been a great player in San Jose, but it’s time to get younger.

  5. bcisleman - May 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    If he really wants to play, he’ll have to accept a one year deal somewhere and prove he’s worthy of a longer deal.

  6. hosewater2 - May 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I don’t think he’s done, and I’m no Sharks fan. Would be a good signing at less money/reduced role.

    Dan, your problem is you’re playing on a team that has Joe Thornton as it’s captain, so these playoff things are going to happen. This is Joe’s legacy.

  7. blomfeld - May 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Ten Bears: Thornton’s soldiers will spew their lies no more brother !

    Blomfeather: that is good, but did you cut out this Englishman’s tongue as well ?

    Ten Bears: oops ? … sorry about that

    Blomfeather: it’s okay man ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    The player is usually the last to admit his playing days are done. If they keep a 38 year old d man its got to be at a much lower cost than his current salary. Otherwise it’s time to part ways.

  9. dirtyharry1971mom - May 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Come back to Tampa Bay, Dan!!!

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - May 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Hang em up Boyle, and try to talk to Teemu and Kimmo into doing the same. These guys had great careers and there is no shame in admitting your too old to play. Unless of course you’re Jagr. That guy is a freak of nature.

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