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Isles get Boyle’s rights from San Jose

Jun 5, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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Hey, remember that post we just wrote about the Tampa Bay Lightning possibly acquiring Dan Boyle‘s rights from San Jose?

Yeah, the New York Islanders just acquired them instead.

The trade cost the Isles a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft; it becomes a fourth-rounder if Boyle signs with the club.

From the press release:

Boyle, 37, led all San Jose Sharks defensemen in points (36) and goals (12) in 75 games this past season. The Ottawa, ON, native added four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 954 career regular-season NHL games with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose, Boyle has 561 points (144 goals, 417 assists). He ranks 46th all-time in scoring among NHL defenseman and is fourth among active defensemen. Boyle has appeared in at least 75 games in nine of the last 10 full NHL seasons.

In his 15-year NHL career, Boyle has scored 70 points (14 goals, 56 assists) in 107 career playoff games. He ranks 28th all-time in playoff scoring among NHL defensemen and is third among active defensemen. Boyle was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The question now becomes, will Boyle sign with the Isles? In all likelihood, he’ll receive a handsome offer — money and term — to do so. But he may get a handsome offer from another team (or two or three teams) if he waits until July 1, given the market for right-shooting d-men.

Also, how important is winning a Stanley Cup to Boyle at this stage of his career? If it’s important, would he feel like he could win one with the Isles?

We’ll find out soon enough.

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

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    He’s worth more.. Bad decision.

    • hockey412 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      SJ didn’t trade Boyle, his contract is up. They just traded the right to talk to him first. Not going to get more than that.

      With all the UFA’s leaving Pittsburgh (maybe) this year, I’d hope that if they aren’t going to sign Niskanen/Orpik then they at least consider the market for their rights.

    • skr213 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Your (in)ability to judge GM’ing is now clear. You think the rights to a contract that ends in less than a month that we already said we weren’t going to renew were worth more than a 4th/5th round pick? You are incorrect in your assessment.

  2. sjsblitz - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    We basically got a draft pick for a UFA that we werent going to re-sign, Garth Snow you idiot hahahhaha

    • bcisleman - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Wow, that’s a stupid comment!

    • miketoasty - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      It doesn’t matter that the Sharks weren’t going to sign him, this gives the Islanders half a month of exclusive talks with him before he can field any offers from other teams. Good move by the Islanders, idiotic comment from sjsblitz.

  3. terrier92 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I believe all this buys Islanders is exclusive negotiating rights until July 1st. After that date Boyle can sign anywhere. Must be confident he will sign if not dumb move.

    • hockey412 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      The Isles club is packed with young talent and are in need of a big free agent catch on D that may or may not exist – they can return to the playoffs as soon as next year. How dumb is it, really?

      • mshantz22 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        If Boyle doesn’t want to be an Islander, then it is a waste of a 5th rounder.

      • hockey412 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Thank you Captain Obvious! That’s helpful insight.

        And you know of course that about 8%-10% (could be lower) 5th round picks ever see NHL action, right? It’s a crap shoot.

        The Islanders need help that may or may not be available this year. So they took a chance as opposed to sitting still (or banking their quick turn-around hopes on a 5th rounder). I like the move. HATED the Vanek risk, but this one is ok in my book. Did what they had to do. There were already rumblings of Tampa going after him.

      • islesjb - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Worked out with Halak- unfortunately, this is what the Isles must do to sign talent

    • lordfletcher - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Snow really likes to gamble with his draft picks.

      • bcisleman - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        He really doesn’t. 5th rounder isn’t much of a gamble. If he signs Boyle, its more than worth a 4th. Garth holds on to picks and prospects more than some would like. The 2015 1st was the 2nd one he’s traded since becoming GM in 2006.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        He gambled with Halak (signed or not its still a gamble)… Vanek worked out nicely… Many others…

        All I am trying to say is that it seems Snow is trying to build a winner now while dumping future picks, but IMO doing all of this for the wrong skaters.

        Clutterbuck. Vanek. Halak. Boyle… Meh

        Don’t plan the parade and there will be no draft party next year. Best of luck

  4. sjtorpitt - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Peace Dan, it’s been great having you.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    True, just feel they could have talked them to a 3rd round if signed, 4th if not. I guess I wont complain to much about it. Now we just have to see what DW does with this free pick.

  6. lbeezyse - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Darn it Garth. Leave some cap space to trade for Nikky Backstrom (the goalie).

    • logicalcomment - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      HAHAHA you don’t have to worry about the islanders needing cap space, they’ve been at the salary floor for years.

      2-3 years ago they barely made it, thanks to the money the still pay A. Yashin

  7. furkmyster - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    And if he doesn’t want to sign in New York, he will be traded to someone else before July 1, for a late round pick. No risk here.

  8. 34defense2014 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    How is it a risk? If he doesn’t sign the Isles will Trade him and get a 5th or 4th rounder? Seems to be a no Brainer!

    • dueman - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      How about the fact that if he doesn’t sign, the Isles get nothing….They only have his exclusive signing rights until July 1st. If he signs with someone else, the Isles just threw away a draft pick for nothing. That’s the risk, and there won’t be a re-trading of his rights.

      • bcisleman - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Ummmm, no. Google Ehrhoff, christian.

  9. mattymarts17 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    See Christian Ehrhoff… 0 risk here.

    • d1211 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      if Snow is not able to trade Boyle for a 5th rounder if Boyle is not going to sign on the Islanders it is a really idiotic move, even signing Boyle is going to be idiotic because I am sure the Isles are going to have to really overspend and he has been on the decline the last couple of years, guy is going to be 38 in a couple of weeks and he is not a Chris Chelios type of guy

  10. govtminion - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    You know… I don’t think this gets him closer to a Cup than he was with the Sharks… for now. But I’ll salute the Islanders for being aggressive here this offseason. They had no defense or goaltending this past season- well, bringing in Halak was a huge step forward on that front. Now at least making an attempt to get Boyle signed is a big step towards fixing that defense- whether it works out or not, we don’t know yet, but certainly they’re trying anyway.

    It’s not often I say that I’m impressed with what the Islanders are doing with their roster (particularly this year after both Vanek debacles), but so far I’m impressed with their offseason moves, looking forward to seeing what they do with the draft now to see if they reinforce these moves. Maybe Boyle isn’t closer to a Cup this season with the Isles, but… they’re a lot closer with him and Halak than they were a couple of months ago without.

    • barkar942 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      The Isles need goaltending (Halak helps there), a veteran D-man with leadership qualities (Boyle fits the bill), and a couple of other older leader types that are willing to mentor some really good quality players the Islanders already have.

  11. flyboystransport - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    It’s rare that a team trades for a pending ufa and doesn’t sign them. Snow was likely granted permission to speak with his agent prior to the move

  12. bullwinkle88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Snow is determined not to give the Sabres a high draft pick next year, come hell or high water!

  13. buffalo65 - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Can’t wait to pick McDavid with the Isles pick next year.

    • bcisleman - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Good luck getting him with a late first pick.

      • thomasvanek - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        You are very optimistic.

  14. d1211 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Garth Snow is the biggest idiot who has EVER been a GM of a pro sports team and there is no debating that

    • pone27 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      You must mean Isiah Thomas.

  15. tjvalley - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Why are there so many people that value a 5th round pick? You would be lucky to find a good fourth liner in that round.

  16. pone27 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Agreed tjvalley.

    Snow basically dealt nothing for his rights. SJ realized that NYIs 4th is probably the best 4th they would fetch on the market (should Boyle sign) and they took it.

    This isn’t something new people. At Boyles age, and contract demands, his trade value is poop.

    Hope to see Boyle in an Isles jersey. Not an NYI fan, but live on the island, and the fans deserve a fun team to watch. Boyle making break out passes to Tavares and Grabs would be nice to see.

  17. tjvalley - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Pone….we need a good solid “healthy” veteran on D. He will help raise the kids like Weight did with JT. :-)

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