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Boyle wanted Big Apple after playing in ‘nontraditional hockey markets’ of Florida, California

Jul 8, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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To hear Dan Boyle explain it, the lure of Broadway was too much to pass on.

“That’s where I wanted to go. That is the simplest way I can put it,” Boyle said on Monday, nearly a week after signing a two-year, $9M deal with the New York Rangers (per CBC). “Once I found out I was done in San Jose, that’s the team that kind of jumped out. That’s the team that I’ve always been curious about.

“I’ve played in Florida and California — two nontraditional hockey markets. Those places were great, but I just wanted to experience something different. An Original Six team. You can make more money elsewhere, but at the end of the day you’ve got to be happy.”

Boyle, 37, garnered considerable interest after the Sharks let him walk following six years in the Bay Area. Even though he’s not the Olympic-caliber defenseman he once was and appeared to have lost a step, Boyle’s offensive ability — his 12 goals tied for 12th among NHL d-men last year — and a free agent market thin on right-handed blueliners made him a hot commodity, so much so that New York’s other team, the Islanders, traded for his negotiating rights during the Stanley Cup Final.

When Boyle didn’t reach a deal with the Isles, other suitors came forth. Toronto, Montreal, Detroit and Tampa Bay were believed to be in the mix but in the end, the allure of playing at Madison Square Garden proved too great.

It was an interesting development, to be sure. For as decorated as Boyle’s career has been — a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and two second-team All-Star honors — his career has been spent in the sunshine…and occasionally against his own terms. He broke in with the Panthers in ’98, then got traded to Tampa Bay for virtually nothing (a fifth-round pick, which Florida used to select the immortal Martin Tuma).

Four years after winning a Cup with the Bolts, he was dealt to San Jose in 2008 under less-than-ideal circumstances.

From ESPN:

Boyle, who turns 32 next weekend, went on a premature honeymoon to Hawaii shortly after the Lightning’s awful season ended. He got married just two weeks ago, never realizing he was about to change teams after signing a six-year, $40 million deal with Tampa Bay in February.

The Lightning’s new ownership group was eager to rid itself of Boyle’s large contract, but he only found out this week after flying home for Canada Day festivities.

“I don’t have the nicest things to say about what happened, but I don’t want to dwell on this,” Boyle said in a phone interview from his Ontario cottage. “I was misled and disrespected, and it was really not the right way to do a lot of things. I don’t have anything good to say about how all this went down.”

Boyle agreed to waive his no-trade to join the Sharks, though he was obviously pushed to a certain degree. That’s possibly why he relished this latest opportunity to call his own shot by signing with the Rangers.

To hear Boyle speak about it, he sounds pleased — even though things didn’t end tremendously well in San Jose.

“There’s a lot of stuff that was shared and said behind closed doors. That’s where it’s going to stay,” Boyle said of his departure from the Sharks. “I wanted to be on an Original Six team, and the Rangers were the team that I wanted to go to.”

  1. 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    And NYC is? Nobody cares about hockey in New York. It’s a fact. Everyone knows that. It’s baseball, basketball, then football. Hockey isn’t even on the list.

    • areaman714 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I have been to NY quite a few times and they do love their hockey there . . . I live in a non-traditional hockey market (Orange County, Ca) and there are a boatload of transplanted Rangers fans that love their hockey. In fact, there is a crap-load of transplanted Wings, Hawks, Blues, etc . . . and even Kings (that won’t live in the inferior LA County) . . . There are more fans of every NHL team here than anywhere else. Easily the biggest concentration of douches are Hawks fans that attend Ducks games. It is not uncommon to see a few of them being escorted out even prior to the puck drop. This is weird because the Cubs and White Sox fans that go to Angels games are pretty cool.

    • orangeintheapple - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I think your comment is completely unsubstantiated and baseless. If you change ‘hockey’ to The WNBA (New York’s Liberty) you might be on to something.

    • johnstone17 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      No less than they do in New Jersey.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        idk about that one. NJ is pretty hockey-crazy. with the Flyers down south and 3 other teams up north, Jersey is a huge hockey market…. which is why we’ve been seeing so many players coming from there in the past 10 years.

      • jkay1818 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        ibieniid, he is talking about fans and Ranger fans actually caring, not producing players or how many travel teams each state has.
        To further your point, the hockey crazy fans from NJ are either Ranger or Flyer fans.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        to further YOUR point:

      • ibieiniid - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        lol i realize that doesn’t further my point or yours.

        but I wasn’t agreeing with the guy, just saying that Jersey is as big, if not bigger of a hockey nuthouse (per capita) than NYC. but to be a DEVILS fan and rip the Rangers fans, particularly for their fan…ocity, is asinine.

      • jkay1818 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        hahahha puddy

        great pic, “the devilsssssssssssssss, hissssssssssssssss”

    • stepanup - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Just for the record, your comments, insofar as they relate to the Rangers, have been null and void for quite some time now.

    • billiam55 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      ignorant piece of crap. u always diss the rangers anyways. rangers are an orignal six. been around for a long time. prob much longer than ur team has. we NY’ers love our blueshirts. no u mean the MEDIA in NY doesnt like hockey as much. they cover baseball and basketball more than hockey, yes.

    • jkay1818 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      So the biggest US Market doesn’t care about Hockey? interesting.
      Worry about the devils and their financial issues.

      • johnstone17 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        The best part for me being a life long New Jersey resident is remembering the Devils when they were the Kansas City Scouts. I laugh when Devils fans jump on Ranger threads & pretend they know something. Very entertaining.

      • jkay1818 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        or the league jumping in to financially support the devils, or getting a new arena and still not selling tickets. Or when they play the Rangers 75% of the crowd are Ranger fans.
        It’s hysterical when devil fans take pride in hearing lets go devil chants in NJ to compete with the Lets go Ranger chants.

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        HERE IS THE PROOF!!! All you retards can read this and weep.

        Jkay, kneel down and beg me for forgiveness!

        Find anything about the rangers here? Sure they love their hockey in NY.

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Let me help you guys out. You have to scroll ALLLL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM.

        You fools have been lied to. I am here to be your savior!

        The truth shall set you free!

      • ibieiniid - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        so would I be correct in assuming that you decided which sports are most popular in NYC by the order in which they appear on it’s the exact same order.

      • moarjam - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Hockey is definitely #4 in NYC but so what? Its #4 in Boston and Chicago too and as much as we all hate to admit it….it’s #4 in this country.

        NYC triples the next largest city’s population in this country. They may be #4 in NYC but the rangers fan base is one of the biggest in the NHL.

        Anyways, I don’t know why we all still argue with cups. Its got to be just an act at this point. I know some bad devils fans but none are this ridiculous. The guy lives to troll rangers fans.

    • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      I’m from NY. Born and raised. Hockey is irrelevant. Anyone who says otherwise is a complete liar. So to the rest of you who are not from the NY area, I ask that the next time you walk in to a random bar and a Knicks game is on, ask the bartender to change the channel to the rangers game. See the look in the other drinkers eyes. Or, on a less violent scale, just walk in and shout out “anyone know the score of last nights rangers game?” Maybe ONE guy will know it.

      It’s not a knock on the rangers. It’s not their fault. But let’s face it, they made the finals this year and all the news in NY is about Carmelo Anthony. How many articles you see on Dan Boyle?

      Now all of you need to now down, and lick the crack of my butt and beg me for forgiveness.

      • jonnyhammersticks - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        The Rangers have a broader fan base than possibly any other team in the US. They have a following in NYC, upstate, Connecticut, and Jersey as well. The Devils for example, have some fans in Jersey and that’s it. So I can see how it’s easy for a Devils fan to have an inferiority complex about it.

    • 7mantel - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Don’t you get tired of embarrassing yourself ?

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Look who’s talking. You haven’t made one post that anyone ever cared about.

      • 7mantel - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        if being ridiculed is your way of thinking people care what you say, then i’m sorry ,your problem is way deeper .

    • geejon - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Wow how lame that your favorite team (and probably your life) are so irrelevant that you have to spend your time trolling Rangers articles. Yikes. Where did it all go wrong for you, lol.

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Just speaking the truth. Sorry it hurts.

      • doknyc - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        speaking of the truth… why dont you go troll elsewhere..

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Wow! That was genius! I never met such a talented clever poster in all my days here. You sir are talented!

      • doknyc - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        funny cups,

        i was born and raised in manhattan, not an outside borough, actaully from the island.. i grew up about eight blocks from MSG, and one thing i can tell you, if you were ACTUALLY born in NYC, youd have NEVER become a devils fan… unless either: (read carefully and slowly, this may take you a bit to comprehend):

        A) youre a bandwagon fan, who jumped ship..
        B) not from NYC
        C) a troll, who has no friends (shocking!) and resorts to bloggering people to death..


        D) all of the above…

        now off with you, you little oxygen thief, adults are here actually taling hockey.. thank you and please, by all means, step on that shiny pretty third rail…

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Just open any local ny paper and see how important hockey is. Why you all are in a frenzy is funny. I guess ranger fans like living in a make believe world where they sell out games (all corporate seats by the way which are given for free) where they have a “king” who never won a ring, and where they can believe that their team is relevant.

        Famous ranger fan quotes
        “we have more fans than you”

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        You’re a liar. If you grew up by the garden, you wouldn’t be arguing about NYC and its popularity, or lack there of, in NY. It’s fact. I would like it if hockey was more popular here, but it ain’t. Never will be. Too many lockouts, not enough people exposed to the sport as kids etc…

        Maybe that new ice complex messier is building might change things. But that’s not gonna show any improvements until 20 years after its built.

        Get on your knees and beg me to forgive you. You worthless swine!

    • nyrnashty - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      That’s just dumb to think that and the Knicks have like 6 fans smarty pants!

    • blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      LOL ! :) New York is a ‘hockey’ town like Richard Simmons is a member of Navy Seal Team 6 !

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    If he wanted to go to an Original Six team where the fans actually care about hockey he should have taken Detroit up on thier offer. plus living in the detroit suburbs are a lot cheaper than NYC.

    • stepanup - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Like he said, it’s what he wanted to do to be happy. It’s none of our places to second guess that.

    • billiam55 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      ………..we rangers fans actually do care about hockey. no one wants to go to detroit bc that place is falling apart. the city, not the team.

      • pjblake2redwings - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        yes but none of the players actually live in Detroit. Datsyuk and Zetterburg live in Birmingham, Helm and Tatar live in Royal Oak, Alfie lives in Farmington Hills, etc.

  3. jb8588 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    That ownership group the Bolts had were a disaster. The only good thing they ever did was draft Stammer and NOT trade him like the rumors said they almost did his rookie year. When they came on board, they seemed to target Boyle and heard the way they got him to waive his NTC was with a untilmatum that he either waive it or they were going to put him on waivers and that a team like Atlanta would be first in line to claim him and that’s where he would end up. IMO Boyle was the most important player on those great Lightning teams and the Bolts’ D has never been the same since he left.

    • ntvd7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      The two of them DESTROYED that team from the get go…

      Traded Dan Boyle
      Hired Barry Melrose
      And they had an oral agreement to trade Stamkos during his rookie year


      • jb8588 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Not to mention throw huge, overpriced contracts to Vinny, Bugsy & Ohlund. Vinny would of stayed for less, but they approached him with that huge contract right off the bat. There wasn’t even negotiation so you can’t blame Vinny for taking that.

  4. doknyc - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    95003cups has been a bitter little man for a long while now.. and he will continue to be so, as the devs are going nowhere, fast

    • 7mantel - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      man ? Don’t think so !

      • doknyc - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        i apologize for the term “man”, in reference to 95003… its hard for him to communicate with people, since i havent seen a devils article in at least three months…

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    A lot of class from Mr. Boyle on the Tampa situation. It would be fashionable for him to rip that era of ownership but he kept those talks “behind closed doors”, behind closed doors.

    However I am surprised he didn’t go to Detroit, I hear they’re giving away real estate

  6. nyking1963 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I’m a Kings fan living in NY…
    Hockey may not compare to Football or Basketball in overall popularity but a lot of that has to do with the media.
    The #1 talk show host knows nothing about hockey and doesn’t hide that fact. He started talking about the playoffs this year, but instead of wall to wall Rannger coverage, he was talking msotly NBA finals as if the locals here really cared about that. When fans are discouraged from calling in to discuss hockey (which is the case with the host Francesca) people will not be exposed to the sport as they are with the NBA.
    The Rangers have a hardcore base of fans. They sell out every game and are as passionate as any other fan in the league.
    As for NJ…Nobody cares about the Devils. When they made it to the cup finals against the Kings, people still didn’t care about them. They take up space in the market and nothing more.

  7. pantherpro - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    95003 Are you stroking it in your moms basement. You are pathetic! Time to go to your job at Chick Filet

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Dont embarrass us true Southerners and our Chick fil a restaurants by associating them with Jersey and NYC trash …

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        I like Chick Fil A

        But I HATE walleye!

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Ya’ll even got Chick Fil A up there in NY or NJ??

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Yeah, there’s one (no joke) smack in the middle of a gay area in the Village. Its actually crowded.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Hmm how ironic seeing how Chick fil a went on the record of it’s disapproval towards gay marriages and gay relationships …

    • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      I’m actually stroking it your moms mouth in your basement. Thanks for the shoutout.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    In thinking whether it’s a hockey town, of greater interest to me than how the fans show up at the arena is whether the average players are recognized when out and about in the community. I cannot say for sure, but I suspect that is more true in the Canadian cities, and becomes less true the farther south you go.

  9. flyboystransport - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I don’t buy that original 6 has anything to do with decisions. I’d rather hear honesty….they offered the most money with the most years and because they were in the cup last year i feel they give me a great shot at the cup. What’s so hard with that?

    • moarjam - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Well because the Red Wings and Islanders offered him more money…

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Devils are close to the bottom of the league in attendance. The only time the Rock is full is when the Flyers or Rangers are in town. Those are the only fans who give a crap about hockey in Jersey.

    • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Funny a fan of a team who invented the “giveaway playoff tickets” to fill their building in 2008 would talk attendance.

      • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        You can take that and shove it up your broadstreetbutthole

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        NJD bottom 10 (more like 6) in the league. While the Flyers are at the top of attendance. The Devils can’t even give tickets away to fans.

  11. bleedrangerblue - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Look 95 whatever go find stories about fatso and where he’s going or not going. You’ve been all over Ranger stories. Go to your Devs.

    • 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      fatso? LOLOL. How lucky would your garbage fanbase (largest amount of douchbags in the country) if you signed Brodeur? Rangers suck, Flyers swallow.

      Devils and “fatso” have just as many championships as BOTH the ranger AND flyers combined since WWII.

      I know, I know “we have more fans than you”
      Devils fans can easily respond with “we have more wins than you”

      As if that makes a difference in the product. You choose more fans, we choose more wins.

  12. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    ‘It’s okay comrade 95000cups, we’ve got your flanks covered’ … Stransky @ Panzer Group Blomfeld !

    summary: New York is a ‘hockey’ town like Richard Simmons is a member of Navy Seal Team 6 !

  13. multiplemiggs - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    LMAO Yea a fat douchbag Jew, perfect fit for the RAGS

  14. illogic87 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    West coast/southern states should not have professional hockey teams. Fans there have never played hockey before which makes them the ultimate bandwagoners

    • zfeint - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Really ignorant comment. Since I had to start skating late, that diminishes my passion? Having to work towards understanding the sport vs. having it handed to you… by your logic that would make me a bigger, more appreciative fan than you. Right?

      • illogic87 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Yes to your first question, no to your second.

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