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Brian Boyle signs with Tampa Bay — three years, $6 million

Jul 1, 2014, 5:37 PM EST

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Brian Boyle is off to Tampa Bay. The big 29-year-old forward has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Lightning after spending the last five seasons with the New York Rangers.

Boyle will be hoping he can play a larger role with “more responsibility” than the one he was given under Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Boyle scored just six time in 82 games during this past regular season, averaging 12:46 of ice time. He formed part of an effective fourth line for the Rangers in the playoffs, but “everyone obviously wants to score more goals.”

In 2010-11, Boyle scored a career-high 21 goals for the Rangers; however, he hasn’t approached that mark since.

Boyle will rejoin former New York teammates Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman in Tampa Bay.

  1. pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Alright let’s just sign Brett Connolly now. Please.

    • lightning79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      They will calm down!, He’s been qualified, so he ain’t going anywhere unless it’s via trade.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    A lot of money for barely scoring. Good luck.

    • bolthead2589 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      I’m going out on a limb here… I don’t think Yzerman signed him for his scoring abilities. Keep in mind we have Stammer, Filpulla, palat, Johnson, kucherov, Callahan to get the dirty ones and offensive weapons at the blue line. He was signed for his size physicality and to win faceoffs.

      • anthonykornheiser - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Boyle and physicality? Coming for a NYR who actually liked him, despite his size, he is far from physical.

    • smarterthantheauthor - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Boyle is a huge improvement over Malone.

  3. pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I think this means we’ll have Johnson on the wing.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      This guy definitely brings $2.3 M worth of game. Sather has lost his mind.

      • pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Yeah, he’ll bring help on the Third line and on both special teams. Good value here.

      • moarjam - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        If you plan on playing him on he 3rd line he will piss you off. We hated him while he was there. Once he was moved to the 4th line he became on fan favorite.

  4. pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    A Tampa Bay Rangers offseason. Cally, Stralman, and Boyle.

  5. DED - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Sather’s only 1 for 4 on re-signing his UFA’s. Not a good day for Slats.

  6. moarjam - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Stop poaching our team!

    But seriously, I’m actually pretty mad Sather didn’t match this. He’s one of the best 4th liners/PKers in the league and a huge locker room presence. $2.3 million is not outrageous for that.

    • jpcar7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Good thing is that all the guys they just lost are reachable. Better he let’s them go and signs Kreider Zucc and Brassard and now he can a lot easier. Good for the guys that got their years on contract. I wish them we’ll. it like you said you can’t pay everyone. OT happens to every team

  7. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    the tampa bay rangers

  8. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Hmmm! With Stralman and Boyle things just got tougher for many teams in the Atlantic div.

  9. rpiotr01 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I think some NYR fans underestimate what a crummy position the team’s cap is in. They still need to pay Zuc. They need to pay Brassard. They need to figure out what to do with Kreider. They need to figure out Staal. And those are just the guys they need to keep just to stay at the same level. They need to find a way to get better somehow. The farm system is crummy, there’s no help to call up and have an impact, so that means they have to buy it and you need cap space for that.

    I don’t like the way Slats is running the team, I disagree with this approach and their drafts have been underwhelming and put them in this bad spot, but that’s the way it is. Have to deal with the reality of the situation, and the reality is they simply can’t afford to keep every single one of these guys (regardless of how reasonable the contracts are) and become a better team.

    • billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      true true. happy we have moore back.

    • DED - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      I disagree. I understand the cap situation. They signed Dan Boyle for the same amount of money per year that Stralman wanted, but couldn’t commit on the length of term. What are they offering Kreider, Zuc, and Brass?

      Pouliot obviously let his season go to his head. $3 million/yr for 3 years was reasonable.

      Brian Boyle isn’t getting that much more money and the term is reasonable. I guess you’re not allowed to make more than $2 million if you’re on the 4th line. We’ll see what line he actually gets down there. They already have Stamkos, Killorn, Filppula, and Johnson centering and each had 40+ points. Who do you bump for Boyle, someone who’s never had 40 points in a season?

      • sunking1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Killorn is not a Center

      • DED - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Sorry. Killorn is listed as a center on Tampa’s website.

    • jpcar7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Good thing is that all the guys they just lost are reachable. Better he let’s them go and signs Kreider Zucc and Brassard and now he can a lot easier. Good for the guys that got their years on contract. I wish them we’ll. it like you said you can’t pay everyone. OT happens to every team

  10. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    money well spent if this guy actually does what he is supposed to….. GET IN FRONT OF THE NET!!!!! He trys playing like he is Martin St. Louis and he is like a bull in a china shop. Use your size and get in front of the net! Only thing he actually is good at is Killin Penalties and face offs. Tampa Bay has a lot of offense so, GET IN FRONT OF THE NET!!!!!!

  11. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I was amazed to see all these comments (10) for a Lightning article…then I realized they were all Rangers fans

    • bolthead2589 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      You must not read many articles about the lightning.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Actually I took your advice and went back the past month to skim through the comments…and it’s pretty much the same thing.

    • smarterthantheauthor - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Note to Rangers fan: At least the Bolts have won a cup in the last ten years.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    You get what ya pay for

  13. peter845 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Holly Molly! So much money for an AHL player???? :))

  14. brklynblueshirt - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    As a fan of Boyle, it sucks to see him go. He is not the most physical or swift of foot player, but he was the PK anchor and a solid playoff guy over the last few years.

    That said, given the Rangers cap woes, it looks like they consolidated the Boyle (PK) and Dorsett (agitator) roles into Tanner Glass for less than 1.5 million per. It’s not optimal, but a 69m cap calls for some creative solutions. Opens up a spot for a young guy or a Carcillo encore.

    Rangers should be more worried how they are going to replace Richards, Pouliot and Stralman.

    • jpcar7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Dan Boyle replaces Strallman n then some. Strallman had one solid year in his career. Pouliotte had 15 goals I think. That’s not irreplaceable . I’m not thrilled any of them left but you gotta worry about bigger guys then Boyle n Strallman. Kreider is the main guy to me. I think he’s gonna be the real deal. Those guys all would have tied up too much money. I think Sather did the right thing this time. I think he had to do this.

  15. rupp246 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Boyle is going to be a role player in Tampa just like he was in NY. I’m sure yzerman has promised him more but who are we kidding. He will be on the 4th line and killing power plays just like with the rangers with no more playing time.

    • jpcar7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      I agree completely. He will be in the exact place he was with the Rangers so I hope he’s happy with leaving a team he was one of the veterans on and who has been to the conference finals 2 outta 3 years and final last year

  16. bleedrangerblue - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    He’s huge plays small. In fact he got the hell beat out if him by Neal. By sestito by everyone. He is not physical either. He wins a face off or two. Tampa you’ll see.

  17. johnstone17 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    When I watch him skate I hear the theme songs from ” Chariots of Fire & ” March Of The Wooden Soldiers”.

  18. hauger88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    I like Boyle. But him leaving NY isn’t the money. It’s his playing time and being on the 4th line.

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