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Boyle: ‘There’s going to be some pressure’ joining Rangers

Aug 10, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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When the New York Rangers signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year deal, they’re hoping he can do for them what he did with the San Jose Sharks. They want Boyle to create chances from the blue line, generate offense, and quarterback a power play that’s been in desperate need of a guy to do that for a while.

No big deal, right? Boyle knows he’s going to need to get it done in New York as Steve Zipay of Newsday shared.

“There’s going to be some pressure, I know,” said Boyle, who had six goals and 18 points with the man-advantage in what he termed a subpar 2013-14 season. “I’m just going to try to help, maybe provide some different looks.”

When you look at the Rangers setup on the power play, you can understand why they believe adding Boyle will help. Ryan McDonagh is an all-world player on the blue line and will get his time there, but after that things got a bit weird.

Dan Girardi was generally paired up with McDonagh at even strength, but it was Brad Richards with him on the power play. Now that he’s in Chicago after being bought out, that opens that spot up. In the playoffs, John Moore played the third-most minutes on the power play followed by Raphael Diaz, Anton Stralman, and Marc Staal.

It’s easy to see how Boyle will fit in there, now it’s just a question if at 38 years old he can still bring it.

  1. bobcat82 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Boyle In, Boyle Out.

  2. johnmr12 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    If the Rangers get back to the finals it will be the greatest coaching job in NHL history.

    • stakex - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Not really.

      Don’t forget that last year the Rangers snuck under the radar, but were one of the top teams in the league over the last four months of the season (once AVs system started to click). Their run to the finals was no fluke, and was the 3rd year in a row in which they advanced past the 1st round…. something no other team in the East has accomplished in that time.

      Considering that they still have one of the best goalies in the world (if not the best), a very solid and deep defensive group, and a competent core of forwards it should surprise no one if they make a deep playoff run again. Will they get to the finals? Who knows…. but it won’t be some sort of huge shock if they do.

      Also before the “But they lost so much this summer!!!” post: They had significant turnover, but it was mostly non-essential pieces. There are some questions about the Rangers 4th line, and some concern about the 4th defensive spot…. but neither of those make a deep playoff run any less likely. Its also quite possible guys like Zuccarello, Kreider, Stepan, Hags, Miller, and John Moore could see breakout years.

  3. sjsharks66 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Best of luck to Boyle. Will miss him as a Shark.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    @stakex I agree with you. The pieces the Rangers need are still there. Go Rangers!!

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