8/17/14 | 1:24PM: Jeff Gorton says that Boyle was a guy the Rangers targeted as soon as they didn’t think something could be done with Anton Stralman and that knowing they would lose Brad Richards on the PP, signing Boyle filled two roles for the Rangers. (NHL.com)
Boyle played 17:22 at even strength last year, Stralman played 17:30.
Two years ago Boyle played 18:12 at even strength and Stralman played 16:01.
8/6/14 | 9:45AM: In every season since 2002-03, Dan Boyle has been the leader in average ice time per game for his team at over 24 minutes per game. (HR)
From 2006-07 to 2011-12, Boyle averaged between 24 and 27 minutes per game.
Last season, Boyle led the Sharks at 21:17 per game.
Asked about his potential ice time with the Rangers this season, Boyle said that he has to earn his ice time and what he has done in the past doesn’t matter. He said that he is not a selfish person and will play less if it means the team will win more games.
Boyle added, “I just want to win hockey games but ice time has to be earned.”
Last season for the Rangers, Anton Stralman averaged 19:24 per game.
Boyle’s former coach in San Jose, Todd Mclellan, told him that he thought coming to the Rangers would be a good fit for him. (Rangers)