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Report: Lightning pondering trade for Boyle’s rights

Jun 5, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

From the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:

Boyle, of course, will not be back with San Jose next season. The Sharks made the decision to cut ties with the 37-year-old defenseman, despite his preference to stay with the club.

Tampa Bay could make sense for Boyle if the Lightning decide to cut their own ties with a veteran right-handed blue-liner — 39-year-old Sami Salo, who’s a pending unrestricted free agent.

Why might the Lightning be willing to give up an asset to acquire Boyle’s negotiating rights before July 1? Read this to find out.

Boyle won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2004. He was traded to San Jose in 2008.

Update:

  1. jernster21 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Well they’re going to have to trade for his rights with the Islanders since they just snagged the rights from the Sharks.

  2. cybernetikghost - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    The islanders and lightning are both pretty bad choices for Boyle. Both sound like he is being sent off to pasture.

  3. areaman714 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Well. Th Isles pulled the trigger. File under meh.

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    great article Jason Brough.. a little pre mature brah!

    Boyle ending his career on the Island

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