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Isles shopping Boyle’s rights after failing to sign him

Jun 18, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

No surprise there, given last week’s report that there was “very slim to no chance” that Boyle would sign with the Isles.

Now we’ll see if Garth Snow can do what he did in 2011, when he managed to flip Christian Ehrhoff’s rights to Buffalo (for a fourth-round pick) after acquiring them from Vancouver (also for a fourth-round pick) and failing to sign the defenseman, who ended up inking a big deal with the Sabres.

Boyle, 37, is apparently looking for a two-year contract.

Before the Isles acquired Boyle’s rights, it was reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning were “toying with the idea” of acquiring them. Boyle won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, before he was traded to San Jose in 2008.

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  1. lowenni - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    There’ll be plenty of suitors out there for him. Not surprised he didn’t sign with the Isles, at this point in his career he’s earned the right to test free agency and sign with the team that he sees best fit to contend for the Cup. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him ending up with the Rangers, Avs, or several other teams.

    • mshantz22 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      I’d honestly bet on Detroit or Tampa. Rangers won’t have the money to offer him.

    • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      i doubt the rangers let Boyle walk only to sign a 37 year old powerplay specialist to what is sure to be too big of a contract

    • lowenni - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      There was speculation that the Rangers could make a play for him IF they decide to move Girardi. The Avs would like to acquire a puckmoving defenseman. Detroit and Tampa are also good bets, I didn’t say they weren’t. I said “or several other teams”, not sure what the thumbs downs are for. I agree with above comments, although Dan Boyle would be a better addition than Brian Boyle (4th liner who is solid but replaceable) to a Rangers team that lacks serious puck moving ability from the backhand, had usually four lefties on their powerplay (or Dan Girardi, who shouldn’t be on the powerplay):

      • lowenni - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM


      • DED - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        That article was from last year. I think that things have changed since then.

  2. fivedawg - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Nobody wants to sign with the islanders… They are a joke of a franchise!!!! And im an islander fan

    • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      no your not.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        You shouldn’t castigate the guy for telling the truth.

      • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        they have a lot to be proud of on the ice and it will tell with time. front office and ownership is a bit clowny i admit.

        im from pittsburgh. you want a joke of an organization? try the pirates

      • bullwinkle88 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I’m from Buffalo. You want an even greater joke of an organization? Try the Bills.

      • c9castine - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        ok good point

      • bcisleman - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        He isn’t telling the truth. Streit, Nabby, Lubo are just a few who signed. Streit, AMac, PA among others would have re-signed if Isles had met their terms. Other teams did and made a mistake. Halak signed. In fact, given the Isles lack of success, past arena issues and the unfair rap Garth Snow gets as GM, he has been fairly successful at signing players he wants.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      To be fair, I honestly think the Islanders are still changing their bandages from their experiment with Mike Milbury

      • bcisleman - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Truer than you might think. With the trade of AMac, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo are the ONLY assets left from the Milbury era.

  3. lbeezyse - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    He would fit perfectly on the backend for the Wild. Keep a spot warm until Dumba, Oloffson, & the rest are ready.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    How does Garth Snow have a GM job? He’s horrible, he really is. Look at hue history. Thank god I was born a Ranger fan!!

    • bcisleman - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Yes and you have a GM who is far worse at his job. If it weren’t for a Maloney hunch at the 2000 draft that Sather had NOTHING to do with, that 7 year DNQ streak would be ongoing still.

      • sticks169 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Far worse? What planet are you living on son. The Gorton Fisherman fans are clowns because their franchise is a joke but can’t face reality. Snow is a joke, Milbury was a joke, nobody wants to sign with them. “Don’t say that, your team is a joke, your GM is a joke, my team is great. We made the playoffs in a strike shortened year, we’re bad asses and will insult you back if you say those things about my team” Quoted the 3 real fishermen fans out there. When was the last time they made the playoffs before that? And don’t give me that 1980’s crap. Who cares? It was a different world back then.

      • bcisleman - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I’m living on earth unlike you. Isles have an INFINITELY better prospect system. Rangers have crap in theirs. Glen Sather has made one blunder after another. He has been saved by a 7th round pick he had NOTHING to do with (and who he had NO clue about even after the fact as is proved by the two top ten picks he wasted on goalies. Try imagining your team with Al Montoya in net.). But for that 7th rounder, the Rangers are absolutely lost. Take a look at Ranger draft picks and their games played in the NHL since Sather took over in 2000 and compare that with Isle picks starting in 2007. If you look at current prospects from both teams who are or will soon be NHL-ready, there simply is no contest. Whatever success your team has had has been DESPITE Sather’s cluelessness.

    • bcisleman - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Hopefully, as with the Ehrhoff deal, Isles finish ahead of the team they trade Boyle’s rights to and leave him wishing he’d signed with them.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM


  6. dumbassgreg - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    only reason he is not oilers gm is do to him not being ex oiler lol

    • hallforpresident - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Lets not talk about the Oilers… Please for an Oilers fan’s sake

  7. paulerhythm - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I see Boyle signing with Detroit or Pittsburgh. They’re the only team that would give him his 2 years and will make the playoffs…not sure they’ll win the cup, though.

  8. hauger88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Would love to see him in NY for 2 years. Righty shot who can quarterback the PP. Something the rangers desperately needed in the playoffs. Too much of Richards and Girardi manning the point in the PP

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