A little over a month ago, prior to Rick Nash being acquired, John Buccigross of ESPN sent out a tweet saying that the Rangers almost traded Marian Gaborik for Dan Boyle.
Teams, the Rangers included, reportedly called to ask about Boyle’s status but according to Sharks beat writer Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, wrote “I am told from a reliable source that offer was never on the table.”
David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News wrote “Those reports of trade talks between the Sharks and New York Rangers involving Dan Boyle and Marian Gaborik? Total fabrication, according to a source who should know.”
In his mailbag at ESPN.com, Buccigross again brought up the Gaborik/Boyle trade yesterday saying “I heard from a very good source that the Rangers were close to a Dan Boyle-for-Marian Gaborik trade. This makes sense from the John Tortorella-Dan Boyle Tampa Bay Stanley Cup connection. And to help improve the Rangers’ below-average 15.7 percent power play.”
Adam Rotter: As I said at the time, this is what I believe happened: the Rangers called up San Jose and asked if they would think about moving Boyle. San Jose, who wants to add more scoring and was interested in Rick Nash, said that it would probably cost a player like Gaborik for them to trade Boyle. I can’t see how it went beyond that first phone call since the Rangers don’t have interest in moving Gaborik.