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Report: Boyle has interest in Toronto

Jun 12, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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If defenseman Dan Boyle hits the free agent market, he could end up with the Maple Leafs. Toronto is high on Boyle’s list of potential destinations, according to TSN, but first he has to decide if the New York Islanders are an option.

After the San Jose Sharks declared their intention to part ways with the soon-to-be 38-year-old defenseman, the Islanders acquired his negotiating rights for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The Islanders have already made him an offer, but he hasn’t committed to negotiating with them yet and a recent report suggested that the odds are heavily stacked against him signing him them. Either way, he’s expected to inform Islanders GM Garth Snow of his plans this week.

Boyle is reportedly seeking a two-year deal and he might get it after scoring 12 goals and 36 points in 75 contests. However, following his six-year, $40 million contract, his salary demands might be too high for Toronto.

  1. bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I don’t know what Dan Boyle will do, but I do not believe Andy Strickland does either. I do know that if Boyle chooses Toronto over the Isles with the idea that they are more likely to contend, he’ll be disappointed.

    • withseidelinn - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      If you think the Isles are at the same stage as the Leafs…. I’m sorry.

      • hockey412 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        There’s not that big a difference between drafting 5th and drafting 8th. The Isles biggest problems are in goal (which they just fixed) and on Defense, which they are trying to solve. Both teams were playoff contenders last year and this year have some big holes to fix. And actually, seeing as how Toronto has committed itself long-term to some of its problems, hell I’d go with NYI over TML.

      • hanspard - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I love how Islanders fans think Halak solves their problems in the net. Oh boy…… Good luck with that one.

      • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        You are right. They have had similar finishes the past several years despite TOR having far better goaltending. This season Isles were 10th in SOG given up and Leafs were 30th. You are right, they are not at the same stage.

      • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        Isles fans WATCH their team & know its needs. They have a good offense and an average D both of whiCh are growing and improving as needs are filled through a very good pipeline. They have laCked good goaltending throughout the Tavares era. Halak will make a BIG difference.

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      I think that the Isles and the Leafs are probably about even right now. Both teams are a couple of pieces away from being called playoff teams, but neither of them are Cup contenders yet.

      • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Agree w/ the caveat that the Isles have a far stronger pipeline and are likely to bridge thaty gap sooner.

  2. stcrowe - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I have my doubts about this “report.” At 38, if he wants to contend for a Cup, Toronto can’t possibly be near the top of his list. However, if he is only thinking about one last big money contract, I suppose Toronto has as much money as anyone, if they clear some cap space.

    • sjsblitz - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Toronto is lacking in the one department he plays in ‘Defense’. Some better D and I guarantee you they’d make playoffs next season

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Except they weren’t lacking in offensive defenseman, but are in need of defensive minded d-men which Boyle will not give em

      • stcrowe - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        I have no doubt that Toronto would like to add Boyle to their blueline. I just doubt that Boyle would want that.

    • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Maybe its not about money or contending. Maybe he just wants to finish his career near home.

  3. hockeysox161 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I thought he wanted to play for a contender (instead of the Islanders). Ha! Now that’s a funny joke… Leafs a contender….

  4. thatguytml92 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    He’s exactly what shanahan is looking for. Leadership help for phaneuf and a reliable partner. To go with the joe thorton rumour this should be an interesting offseason for toronto and the 1st overall pick to.

    Kadri gardiner Gleason to San Jose
    Thorton to toronto

    Kozun to islanders or rights to bolland
    Rights to Boyle to leafs

    Florida receives gunnarrson , rights to kulemin, franson, 8th pick

    Leafs receive 1st pick

    Reimer to Calgary
    3rd round pick to toronto

    Toronto would be a good team then with the right leadership and still have prospects

    • 19to77 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      “Let four defensemen go. Hope Aaron Ekblad is the second coming of Christ.”

      Yep. Sounds like the kind of thing the Leafs would consider a good plan.

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      thatguytml92 – Lay off the drugs dude!

    • govtminion - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Leaving out the rest of your ridiculous post here (ok, the Reimer one I could see)… let’s start with that first one. Kadri for Thornton straight-up would be a good deal for Toronto. Kadri PLUS the other two guys for Thornton is completely insane.

      I feel safe in assuming you’re a Senators fan if you think this is a good move for Toronto, because that’s the only way this act of sabotage looks like a good idea.

  5. thatguytml92 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Kadri gardiner Gleason to San Jose
    Thorton to toronto

    Kozun to islanders or rights to bolland
    Rights to Boyle to leafs

    Florida receives gunnarrson , rights to kulemin, franson, 8th pick

    Leafs receive 1st pick and take ekblad to pair with Reilly

    Reimer to Calgary
    3rd round pick to toronto

  6. cjnbsc - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    The only one of those three trades that a remotely possible is the rights to Boyle one. All three of those offers would be easily bettered if teams were interested in trading those assets.

    • dueman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      You are high too!

  7. djshnooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    “Him signing him them.”

    Ryan, my dude…these articles are very short, do you not take 30 seconds to proof read, edit and revise your work?

    You guys are sooooo much better than Florio and the guys at the basketball blog…don’t stoop to their levels, especially when the articles are shorter than their’s.

    I’m not trying to be a d*ck (to them I would be), but I respect you guys a little more. You don’t blatantly bash other people, or try to make stupid jokes that aren’t funny.

    But, as someone who is an aspiring journalist, I just wish people who get paid to do this would take just a tiny bit more pride in their work. If this were a 10-page story, I’d understand a mistake here and there…but are these even 200-300 words?

    Again, please don’t think I’m calling you out or putting you on blast…this is not meant to be ill-intended, by any means, at all. To put it bluntly though, be better than Eklund! Lol.

    Honestly though, from an aspiring writer, to a current writer…I greatly appreciate your work, love reading your articles, and I constantly re-post articles to Facebook or twitter to get more traffic to the site because it is well worth the read, my friend.

    Just take a little more pride in your work, that’s all. A quick 30 second to a minute edit/revise would go a long ways!

    I hope you take this the way I intended for it to be taken. Again, I know I can be quite out-spoken and even tick some people off…but, this is not one of those moments.

    I’m just trying to help out a little bit…but best of luck, thank you for what you do for us sports fans…keep up the good work! :-)

  8. bigbears27 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Maple Leafs need new leadership on their team. I don’t think Phaneuf has what it takes to lead Toronto into the playoffs. Boyle brings the leadership that this team needs. Also a trade to bring in Hurricanes captain Erik Staal would give this team new leadership which is what they need.

    Gardiner and Reimer to Carolina
    Erik Staal to Toronto

    Phaneuf to Edmonton
    Yakupov and Fasth to Toronto

    Sign Boyle

    Trade Gleason for Draft Picks

    Resign Raymond and Franson

    • withseidelinn - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Lol Phaneuf for Yakupov and Fasth. What the hell are you thinking?

  9. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    If the Leafs can get rid of Phaneuf and replace him with Boyle, I might actually watch a game next year. The signing Boyle part of that equation doesn’t matter as much as the getting rid of Captain Pilon.

  10. thatguytml92 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Lol yeah to good to be true but getting those guys would be awesome though. It’s all up to Carlyle and shanahan right now they’ll get who works for Carlyles system.

    Ekblad and Reilly would be a good pairing though

  11. thatguytml92 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Last years defence was terrible last year anyways. Get rid of 4 and safe to say ekblad is better then Gleason or franson. Maybe not first year but I’m sure it would work out.

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