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Boyle has ‘no real timetable’ on negotiating with Islanders

Jun 13, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT

Dan Boyle seems to be in no hurry to talk about a contract with the New York Islanders.

Boyle’s rights were acquired by the Islanders earlier this month, however his current six-year, $40 million deal is set to expire, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. The former San Jose Sharks defenseman also turns 38 years of age in July.

There was also a report last week stating there was a “very slim to no chance” that Boyle would sign with the Islanders. And then there was the report stating the Toronto Maple Leafs had an interest in the offensive defenseman.

  1. tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Just a reminder that Lubo Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov also did not want to play for the Islanders before they, indeed, signed with and played for the Islanders. I doubt they’ll manage to sign Boyle, and this will just be another bone-headed move by Garth Snow and Company, but it’s still a 50/50 shot presently.

    • bcisleman - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      You just noted two of Garth’s other “bone-headed” moves. He really doesn’t make very many of those. There are many other GMs who do far worse. This was a worthwhile gamble to nail down one of the better FAs out there. If it works, its a superb move. If not, Garth will surely get his pick from another team.

      • chaos9666 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I doubt he will. This isn’t a dman hitting his prime (like Ernhoff was), so no team is going to pay for this guy. He lost a pick for nothing. And he doens’t make too many boneheaded moves?
        Josh Bailey (the two trade downs and dumb contract ext)
        Nino for nothing (sorry Cal, ur ok , but no Nino)
        Coming off a strong year without address the biggest need in goal
        Vanek and trade of vanek after.
        trade of moulson
        Brian Strait, Matt Carkner, and Radek Martinek playing significant time at D last year
        you see where this is going? All this in 1 year, guys a terrible GM who has to catch lightning in a jar. If they bring in a reputable GM, maybe someone will want to sign here.

      • tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        As a fellow Isles fan, I have to strongly disagree. He succeeded in convincing Visnovsky and Nabokov, but he failed with Thomas Vanek and Ryan Smyth. Thus, 50/50 shot in my eyes. This move had succeeded as often as it has failed for Snow.

  2. skr213 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Boyle is kind of screwing them by not just negotiating something ahead of free agency, so the Isles can either fish or cut bait (i.e. retrade his rights). Not that it’s his responsibility to make life easy for Garth Snow, but it’s kind of a dick move. I wonder if he’s specifically doing it so that his rights don’t get retraded.

    • dueman - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      How is it a dick move on Boyle’s part? Did Boyle tell Garth to give away a draft pic for a shot at signing him…no he didn’t. Garth did this all by himself, Boyle owes Garth and the Islanders nothing.

      • bcisleman - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        If he doesn’t want to negotiate, he should say so and not keep the Isles guessing.

      • chaos9666 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        If yo’ure an NHL GM, until a guy’s name is on a contract, he’s not signed and you shouldn’t expect him to until he verbally commits to it. If he hasn’t ,then presume he’s not staying aboard.

  3. rjmisles1980 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    What’s with the gamesmanship with Boyle? If he doesn’t want to negotiate with the Islanders, just say so, and let them move on. He has earned the right to become a free agent, so if he wants to go that route then fine. If he thinks he wants to go to Toronto to be on a winner, well then why doesn’t he just negotiate with the Islanders, they are quite possibly ahead of Toronto in the race to respectability.

    • ketch20too - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Easier to become a FA than stiff the Islanders and then when they trade his rights, stiff that team too. Do Agree he should simply come out and say he won’t negotiate with any team and will become a FA. Snow can then watch the draft and see what prospect he missed out on by making this ridiculous trade. Can we please fire the guy already?

  4. garybrian - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Anything would help this team on defence even a 40 (?) year old warrior!

    • skr213 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Unfortunately, since that big concussion, his warrior days appear to be behind him. Very different player since then.

    • bcisleman - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Their D is OK. They likely want him to help w/ the PP and for vet leadership.

  5. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Maybe the new owner will relocate the Isles to a second Toronto market and Boyle will get his wish

    • bcisleman - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      They have an ironclad lease of 25 years. Boyle will be in his 60s by then.

  6. islander75 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    relocate the isles to toronto? can’t imagine that horrible scenario to be happening since the islanders will move to barcleys center next year. this will hopefully mean a huge boost to the team and i’m sure they are gonna sell-out every home game then.

    no way the islanders will leave the NY area! they belong here

  7. chaos9666 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I don’t get it, with Mayfield, Donovon, Reinhart, Pullock, Polka almost all NHL ready (the first 3 are), and with Hickey, Hammer, Vis, DeHaan, and a few guys who they can’t get rid of (Carkner and Strait), why are they trading for a dman in the first place? Unless they plan on wasting Donvon and/or Reinhart’s time in the minors next year, seems like they should address the scoring (since only 3 guys score anywhat consistantly for them). They went through a losing streak in Oct and Nov, at least 15 games without a win, and all but 1 of them they had 2 goals or less. Garth, stop guessing. GET SOME SCORING HELP. And don’t give up a 30 goal guy to do so!!!!!

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Can’t be relying on an inexperienced defensive squad to save your defense. That’s a recipe for failure. Need some veteran guys who have done the dance to mentor the young guys.

  8. deadrabbit79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I am no fan of Garth but how was it a bone head move? A fifth round pick for negotiating rights? No big loss either way

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