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Boyle ‘devastated’ that Sharks don’t want him back

May 16, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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Dan Boyle was “kind of expecting it,” but he was still “devastated” by the San Jose Sharks’ decision to not bring the 37-year-old defenseman back next season.

I was clear that I wanted to be back here and I loved it here,” said Boyle, per CSN Bay Area. “It can still be pretty tough news to take, but when you lose like we did, you figure that changes are going to be made. Part of me thought this could happen.”

The good news for Boyle is that, even at his age, he should garner good interest as an unrestricted free agent. The Detroit Red Wings, for instance, are in the market for a “top-four right-handed shooting defenseman.” Could there be a fit there?

Boyle played 75 games for the Sharks in 2013-14, scoring 12 times with 24 assists, then added four assists in seven playoff games.

He’s believed to want a two-year contract.

Related: It’s a good time to be a right-shooting d-man free agent

  1. tundra67 - May 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    My son (now 8.5) has a signed Dan Boyle stick from his first game at the tank 3-4 years ago, etc.
    And I have really enjoyed watching Dan Boyle play for the Sharks – until this past season.
    His results on the PP were far below avg. There’s no way to sugar coat that …
    Despite the Olympic break, he really appeared to hit the wall.

    It just happens and it can be difficult. But when it does, the team has to move on.
    Sure, he can slog it out for a couple-three more years – with the occasional good game thrown in.
    Many guys do that, and that’s certainly his prerogative.
    My only problem here is that he is trying to pretend it’s not happening, or that it hasn’t already happened.

  2. norcalsportsknowledge - May 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Boyle was a good Shark, played the game right, but it’s better to let him go a year to early than b stuck w/him in 2yrs. I think he will bounce back some next yr, but there’s not enough tread left for 2yrs. I wish all the sharks wanted it as bad as Boyle did. His intensity will b missed.

  3. gohawks7 - May 16, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Then maybe you (and the others) shouldn’t have played with your tails between your legs. Lesson learned…

    • sanjosecupcrazy - May 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Douchebag. Seperate our choke from a classy guy moving on.

      • gohawks7 - May 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Separate. “Our” choke? When are fans going to realize that THEY care more about winning than the players. Keep paying for season tickets…keep filling the Tank…and there won’t be much done from year to year to shake things up. Their big move is to dump Boyle and Havlat? That is nothing…and if this team was in Canada…or an original 6 team…there would be picketing at the arena until heads were rolling. San Jose is where hockey players go and become unaccountable, playing soft regular season hockey…then when the physicality knob gets turned to 11 in the playoffs, they falter every time.

        I’ve never seen a team that has looked so good on paper, over so many years, get bullied and out punched in the playoffs. Both Ron Wilson and McLellan should have won cups…it wasn’t their coaching that was inferior…it’s the gutless, heartless, sackless teams that Doug Wilson has put on the ice.

      • titansrbeast - May 16, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Wow gohawks7, you’re quite the Sharks expert here aren’t ya? LMAO you’re actually hilariously stupid…we play “soft” hockey, give me a break. Go watch your team possibly make the cup again and stop worrying about what goes on in San Jose…

      • gohawks7 - May 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        I’ve been a season ticket holder since the Cow Palace days….my sign-on has nothing to do with hockey. You think the Sharks don’t play soft hockey? Not a big sports guy huh? The ONLY reason the series with the Kings went 7 games is because of Torres. Otherwise…this is a very soft team and cannot meet the demands of playoff hockey.

  4. 950003cups - May 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    37 years old? He’s a NJ Devil with a 7 year deal.

    • barkar942 - May 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Cups- you now have nailed Lou’s tactics. He won’t sign anyone who is less than half his age.

  5. jb8588 - May 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Bring him back to TB…would love to see him as a Bolt again and we could certainly use him.

  6. pjblake2redwings - May 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Please Holland do not sign him..

    We want Niskanen in the D!

    • cliffatola - May 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Only if they make the goal the size of a soccer net, Niskanen can’t hit the net with his shot most of the time.

  7. gotampabay52 - May 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Tampa Bay is your home, come home Bro

  8. lvshark22 - May 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    What am I supposed to do with my signed Boyle jersey now?..

    In all honesty I loved watching him play while he was a Shark, and he has had an amazing career for an undrafted player. I’d love to see him be able to return to his old self next season and in the future

  9. pepper2011 - May 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the B’s sign him to a 1 or 2 year deal as a mentor for Krug.

    You can either become Dan Boyle or JM Liles.

    Please let it be the Former.

  10. nightfireop - May 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    looks like his mulligans ran out.

  11. snipedanglecelly13 - May 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    No we don’t want Boyle, we want niskanan. Signed-Ken Holland

  12. sw19womble - May 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    As long as Thornton is traded by November….

  13. gohawks7 - May 16, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    They really need to coax Marleau into allowing a trade. Keeping him as ANY part of a playoff success story is ridiculous. The guy wilts and disappears in big games…that kind of trait does not reverse itself.

    Since 2007…here are his numbers in elimination games.

    2014 0 0 -3
    2013 0 0 1
    2012 0 0 -2
    2011 1 0 1
    2011 0 1 -2
    2010 1 0 1
    2009 0 0 0
    2008 0 0 -2
    2008 0 0 -1
    2007 0 0 0

    Total – 2 1 -7

    Really???? And HE is the guy Wilson signs to a long term no trade contract??

    • gohawks7 - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I stopped in 2007 because I had enough data to prove the point….but going further back, the 4 years prior to 2007 were…

      0 0 -1
      0 0 0
      0 0 0
      0 0 0

      So, in 11 elimination games he has a total of 2G 1A -8. Wow….but hell of a non-clutch player.

    • bigtganks - May 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      but but but, he’a AMAZING the first two weeks of October. ALWAYS leading the league in scoring.

  14. roryflyers - May 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Flyers will sign him.

  15. bcisleman - May 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Not sure about a 2 yr deal, but a 1 yr deal to help mentor Pulock would work for the Isles. Perhaps they might then work a deadline deal to Detroit or another team needing a veteran PP QB. Then again, Slats might sign him to a 10 year deal.

  16. sjsharksfan11 - May 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Majority sharks fans hate to hear what he says, but gohawks7 makes some great points and I agree with him on everything. I’ve been saying it for years and have been taking the verbal beating from sharks fans with teal colored glasses on. This team needs balls especially from the top players. The day on the beach atmosphere in the locker room has been poisonous and there hasn’t been any accountability for 10 years. Sharks management only cares now that they see this epic failure will hurt their pockets unless big change is made. Hopefully Wilson in the future will be the next to go. The excuses and “refreshes” are old, tiresome and beyond annoying. Let’s right this ship and bring what the diehards like myself have been longing for since my childhood. No matter what I’ll always love my team. I’m excited for change.

    • gohawks7 - May 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      I just saw your post and it’s refreshing to hear from a fan who shares the same unbiased opinion. I’ve been a hockey fan since my dad took me to a ton of Seals games. Then I became a Kings fan….then jumped ship for the Cow Palace. It is so frustrating watching this team in the playoffs over the MANY years play so uninspired. The funny thing is Lombardi was the scape goat years ago…and now he has built a great playoff team in LA.

      Of all the professional sports….hockey’s playoffs raise the level of play and intensity more than any other sport. And it takes a special athlete and team to win 16 out of 28 games in the playoffs…vs the regular season. Gretzky said it best years ago when he lost for the first time in the playoffs. He said the Oilers were showered, dressed, and walking to the bus…then they passed by (I think it was Islanders’) locker room. He said they were slumped over in front of their lockers, too tired to take there uniforms off. That is the level of commitment and effort that is required. Looking at the Sharks post game interviews this year after game 7…they were in no way whatsoever physically or emotionally drained. And the more I think about it…Wilson was never that type of player himself. So he may have difficulty spotting the traits required to win in the playoffs. This team lacks heart, pride, guts and BALLS. Too much playing the puck and not enough playing the man. How many LA goals could have been prevented by just a little bit of physical play in front of their own net? It was pathetic.

  17. norcalsportsknowledge - May 17, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Wilson has always put together a offensive minded team that excels during regular season, but struggles in postseason. Sharks need that tough blueliner that sets the tone for the team. Hopefully Wilson feels the pressure to win and not just put butts in the seats. Maybe he has learned from his mistakes and he can build this team from the blueline out.

  18. spoon9z - May 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    so did he really struggle late shark fans?

    did boyle start showing the wear of an older player late in a long season?

    I ask seriously bc I think he’d be a great mentor to the likes of the many young pmd d men the Avs hope to groom now, but if he’s showing this tendency now, it’s only going to get worse. The Avs already have issues with Hejda breaking down late, no need adding another if it’s true.

    • spoon9z - May 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      the guys I’m referring to on Colorado are Barrie, Elliott, Holden and Bigras. they are all either young, smallish like (all but Holden) and very inexperienced (eg. Holden). Boyle is exactly the type player we want 3 of the 4 to be if Av fans are lucky, and Holden could learn plenty on the O side of the game as well.

    • skr213 - May 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      No question that he is not the same player after that concussion. He will never be a factor in the NHL again, if the second half of the season was any indication.

  19. norcalsportsknowledge - May 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Spoon9Z – Boyle was never the same since his concussion. He got a little life back right before playoffs, but that didn’t last long.

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