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Report: At least eight teams are interested in Dan Boyle

Jun 25, 2014, 10:01 PM EST

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The San Jose Sharks might have burned Dan Boyle a bit by letting him walk to unrestricted free agency, but it’s clear he’s drawing plenty of interest as the fireworks approach (and not just from the Toronto Maple Leafs).

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that at least eight teams made their initial pitches toward the offensive defenseman. (TVA’s Renaud Lavoie places the list of interested parties at 10.)

The Detroit Red Wings can be added to the “serious” list, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James. ESPN adds that the New York Rangers are “very interested,” although their situation could fluctuate depending upon negotiations with their own pending UFA Anton Stralman.

Ultimately, it might come down to which team will offer him the right two-year deal, as he told ESPN.

“It’s not to say that I can’t play any longer than that, but mentally and physically I’ve committed myself to two years. I feel great right now,” Boyle said.

“The only thing I know for sure is that I have two very good years left in me and then I can see after that.”

Boyle, 38, isn’t just mentioning that he’s feeling great because of his age. His 2013-14 season was marred by concussion issues, so teams want to hear that he’s in good health.

His agent George Brazos indicates that things might only ratchet up on Thursday, so it could be an interesting situation to watch. Well, it’s more fun to watch when someone else’s future is on the line …

“It’s definitely exciting to watch when you’re not involved. It’s definitely a different experience when you’re in the middle of it,” Boyle said.

  1. barkar942 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Dear Glen Sather, Please resign Stralman and let’s move on from signing another 38 year old to a costly over 35 contract. Sinberely, A Rangers Fan.

    • stakex - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      In a perfect world, I completely agree with you.

      Re-signing Stralman isn’t quite that simple though. There is no way the Rangers could match what he might be offered on the open market, and if Stralman is looking to make as much as he can…. he won’t be a Ranger next year. If that happens, there are a lot worse options than a guy like Boyle.

      • stepanup - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        I think the best the Rangers can do for Stralman is 4.5, given all of the other players they need to sign, and that won’t be enough on the open market.

      • barkar942 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Agreed, but they don’t need any more over 35 contracts. It appears they probably will have to let Stralman walk because he wants the huge contract and he most definitely will get it. Connor Allen showed some real good potential last year. Bring him up and fill the spot from within. If it doesn’t work, they could always find a mid season trade partner. Save some cap space over signing a free agent for huge money.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    darren dreger is a useless turd. i’d take Renaud Lavoie’s word over Dreger’s anyday of the week. All dreger does is recycle already reported news or state the obvious. totally useless.

    Calling that joker an insider is a joke.

    • mistercue62 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Wow! Who urinated in your cereal this morning? Referring to Darren Dreger as a “turd” is certainly facile & unfounded enough, but it’s your level of hostility that makes your overwhelmingly unpopular comment all the more disturbing. I’m curious…was Dreger a schoolmate of yours? If so, did he beat you up at recess? Or did he beat your time with sone hot girl that you were interested in, but were too insecure to ask out due to a complection or breath issue?

      To self-servingly suggest that Darren Dreger is nothing more that a regurgitator of old news or other sportswriter’s articles is not only ludicrous; it serves as incontrevertible evidence that you clearly know very little (if anything) about his track-record as a sports journalist, analyst and yes as a credible “insider”with respect to trade rumors, particularly at this critical, volatile time of year in the NHL.

      In fact, Darren Dreger has always been and continues to be a highly intelligent, articulate and insightful analyst/on-air personality; respected & connected throughout the industry. He presents his point of view genuinely, exhaustively and coherently without the transparent inflammatory sensationalism so prevalent in North American sports media. In fact, I trust Dreger as a credible source of up-to-date, accurate hockey-related news & information as well as a thoroughly researched, consistently accurate reporter of “insider” trade & free-agent news, rumors & speculation.

      In short, there are far more likely & arguably deserving candidates for your vicious remarks & neurotic projections than Darren Dreger.

      • 950003cups - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        To answer the first question in your enormous post (which nobody will have the time to read) the answer is obviously “Darren Dreger”

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        I think you are exaggerating quite a bit when you describe Dreger as “highly intelligent, articulate, and insightful”…. the guy from everything i’ve seen of him from the ITV days until now, never provides any useful insight that hasn’t been provided elsewhere. he is a master of stating the obvious. the guy gathers reported information and puts it out there. great if you don’t know what’s going on, but if you follow a team like I do and read the local news then i already know whatever he ends up reporting.

        the guy totally mails it in whenever there is anything to do with Vancouver. for example, he clearly had no clue what he wa talking about when he said in Luongo’s first year wiht hte Nux that it was luongo standing on his head every night, when the fact was that AV had a system in place that only allowed 20 or so shots a night with maybe 1 or 2 quality chances for the other team.

        you have your inflated opinion and i have mine based on my observations of dregers’s so-called reporting.

  3. 950003cups - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Relax everyone. The only GM who prides himself in giving long term overpaid NTC contracts to aging washed up defensemen is Lou Lamoriello. Although we already have 2 of those, I’m sure he’ll just waive Adam Larsson or Eric Gelinas to make room.

    • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      I think he’d wait until he signs with another club and then package Larsson and Gelinas up in a trade, though. To be sure he’s rid of all youth within the organization.

  4. skr213 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Anyone who watched him after the concussion should know that it would be a big risk signing him to a two year deal. His play went completely south after that. His speed is down, his physicality is down, and the sharpness of his decision making is down. Plain and simple. Sign at your own risk.

    • tundra67 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      The above assessment is correct, in the opinion of this Sharks fan.

  5. cliffatola - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Please Ken Holland stay away, the Wings need a RH shot on the blue line but not this guy.

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