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Report: Leafs have ‘serious’ interest in Boyle

Jun 25, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks skates down the ice against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

Teams are now allowed to reach out to players eligible to become unrestricted free agents this summer and several clubs have exercised that option to talk to Dan Boyle. The New York Rangers and Toronto are among those franchises, with the Maple Leafs interest being termed as “serious,” according to ESPN.

“Good deal of interest, there are going to be good options for him,” Boyle’s agent George Bazos said. “We’ll sift through it the next few days and see where it all leads.”

Boyle, who will turn 38 on July 12, is looking for a two-year deal and Bazos is confident that he’ll be able to secure one for his client. The defenseman had 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games in 2013-14.

If the Maple Leafs are able to get Boyle, then that might further the discussion about using Jake Gardiner as a forward. The Rangers’ desire to get Boyle might ultimately be tied into their negotiations with pending unrestricted free agent Anton Stralman.

  1. nyrnashty - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Of course the Rangers have interest in Boyle, Sather is so old he see’s Boyle as a young man, probably refers to him as the kid…can’t wait to get a new GM, should be sooner than later these days!!!

    • storminator16 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I can mildly see the Ranger’s interest but not the Leafs. Playoff teams who are looking to get over the hump should have “heavy interest” in a 38 year old d-man of Boyle’s caliber to add to their depth, not teams struggling to make the playoffs looking to give him play heavy minutes.

      • beergold - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        They want him so he can teach Phaneuf what it is to be a Dman in the NHL!

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        How can you not see the Leafs interest? There’s so many reasons he’d be a huge help.

        Leafs are a team with alot of incompetent and/or young dmen… It doesn’t matter what age the player is, if you can bring in someone who knows what they’re doing you do it.

        Boyle would be a good mentor for young guys like Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner. Good mentor is never a bad thing. Kind of like the effect Sergei Gonchar had on a young Kris Letang in Pittsburgh or Erik Karlsson in Ottawa. Never hurts to have good players to learn from.

      • storminator16 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I understand, Hard to BeLeaf, I’m just using caution here because:

        1) Boyle seems to be getting injury prone.
        2) Leafs will overpay. Nonis always does, even going back to his dealings in Vancouver.

        Leafs should target younger d’men.

      • storminator16 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        And….the major reason for my caution is because Dan Boyle’s play is starting to fall off a cliff. Leafs don’t need more of that. If Dan Boyle is signed, this will be Nonis’ last season in town and Brendan Shanahan isn’t exactly the answer if he approves of signing Boyle.

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      But didn’t the Rags’ owner state that Sather has a job for life?

      Just to cheer you up.

      • bstar28 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        To be fair, the man’s made some awful mistakes, but we’ve also been in the SCF and ECF within the past three seasons, and made the playoffs seven of the last eight. Could be a lot worse.

      • DED - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        @bstar28: It has been worse: all those years the team didn’t even make the playoffs.

      • nyrnashty - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        I hope he didn’t say that haha! Sather did pull off the McDonagh for Gomez trade, which got Bob Gainey pretty much fired.

      • bstar28 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Exactly DED, I was there watching through all of those seasons. And he did make a lot of splashy big money signings and trades that turned out terribly during that time.

        I mean, he still does make some of those moves, but overall he’s been a much better GM now.

  2. DED - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I don’t see the Rangers making a play for Boyle unless Stralman rejects their offer. Boyle might be good pick to settle down a young, inexperienced but talented defenseman squad, but the Rangers don’t fit that definition anymore. I’d also be worried about Sather overpaying for him.

  3. billiam55 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    rangers only interest is a back up plan in case we dont sign stralman

  4. garybrian - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Putting Gardiner up front sounds like a winner. Guy has moves, great shot and sees the complete ice surface.

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Holmgren is going to give him 5 years at $7 mil a season…..Oh wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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