7:20AM: If the Rangers want to consider adding a player who has performed well against them they may look at Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars (NY Post)
1/19/14: 6:53AM: The Rangers have interest in Dan Boyle but the Sharks are not likely to trade him. (Ottawa Sun)
Boyle has been consistently mentioned as a player the Rangers have interest in over the past few seasons.
1/18/14: 9:19PM: The Rangers have a scout watching the Montreal and Maple Leafs game going on right now in Toronto. (Fourth Period)
Other teams with scouts at the game include New Jersey, Nashville, Winnipeg, Minnesota and Philly.
Toronto’s director of scouting was at the Rangers Red Wings game on Thursday.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that that the Rangers don’t appear willing or able to construct a package that would land Dan Boyle.
Brooks says that the only deal that would make sense would be to swap Boyle for Marian Gaborik, but that deal is not on the table.
In terms of Gaborik, Brooks says that “there is essentially no league-wide chatter regarding Gaborik.”
Darren Dreger said this morning that there has been no talk with Boyle or his agent about a trade and that, as part of his no-trade clause, he submitted his list of eight teams that he would not go to before the season.
On Sportsnet, Mike Keenan said that he didn’t understand why the Sharks would move Boyle at this point.
Keenan said that if he were to get traded, he would think that Boyle would end up with the Rangers, saying “I like the Rangers because Staal is out of the lineup. Del Zotto would be his partner, he would help the power play.”
Doug MacLean said that Boyle would help the Rangers, has a big cap hit for next season that could be a problem, but that they should go for him if he is available.
In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that the Flyers and Rangers are the teams who have shown the most interest in Dan Boyle.
He thinks that if Boyle gets traded it will be to the Rangers since they are in a position to make the playoffs and may feel desperate enough to meet the asking price.
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1:20PM: The Penguins have acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the Sharks.
The Price, according to Bob McKenzie, is two second round picks.
At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance spoke with someone close to Dan Boyle who said that he doesn’t want to leave San Jose.
Custance added that the Boyle you are getting is 36 years old, but his cap hit reflects Boyle from when he was 30.
With all the mileage he has, a scout told Custance that “if he was what he was, he wouldn’t be available.”
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Custance says that a more ideal fit for the Rangers would be Ian White from Detroit.
White, according to Custance, is “not a guy who necessarily want in your top four but has offensive skill that would contribute to the Rangers power play.”
He notes that White is a UFA at the end of the season and the Wings have depth on defense that they could be willing to move.
White, 28, has one goal and two assist in 19 games for the Red Wings this season.
He had seven goals and 25 assists for the Red Wings last season and has a cap hit of $2.875.
White is averaging 19:50 per game and he averaged close to 23 minutes per game last year.
5:35PM: Sam Carchidi says that the Flyers are not planning to make a push for Boyle.
11:44AM: According to a tweet from Bruce Garrioch, San Jose is looking for a “player who can help now” and a “meaningful draft pick” for Dan Boyle.
Tim Panaccio writes at CSN Philly that the Flyers are also interested in Boyle and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was watching the Sharks this weekend.
Garrioch also notes that the Hurricanes have interest in Boyle as well.
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In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch lists Dan Boyle as one of the top five players available at the trade deadline.
Garrioch says that the Rangers have been sniffing around Boyle and that Glen Sather has been “itching to make a move to bring in an impact player.”
He adds that Boyle doesn’t just help on the ice and with the power play, he adds leadership to the dressing room.
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Boyle, after he met with Tortorella and Mike Sullivan after a game in 2009, told a Tampa Bay paper “As I was telling him the other day, we had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of battles. But at the end of the day we both have respect for each other.”
Adam Rotter: I don’t know if Dan Boyle is the answer to the Rangers defense/power play issues. He certainly provides them with a proper PP QB, logs a lot of minutes and has a history with John Tortorella. If he was a pending UFA I think it would be more of a certain move to make for the Rangers, but with him signed for next season at $6.6 million it’s a much tougher decision. The price to get him out of SJ needs to be determined and that may be the biggest issue with finding a match between the two teams.
Last night on the NHL Network, via KK, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun sat with Kathryn Tappen to talk about the trade deadline.
On the Rangers, Darren Dreger said,”they have been disappointing this season, that’s obvious, and they are still trying to figure out if they fit with the contenders. They still have needs, a top-four defenseman who can help their power play and and in a perfect world add another level of grit, so a top nine forward.”
He adds “to do that, what are they willing to part with? They are looking at a Dan Boyle type of player from the Sharks who can certainly fit their need on the back end.”
On Marian Gaborik, Dreger says “it’s not that the Rangers are trying to push this guy out the door. They know that seven times in his career he has scored over 30 goals so they know he is a key component but they are getting calls on him. With a year left at $7.5 it might be surprising if he gets traded but San Jose and the Rangers seem to have a lot of dialogue going on.”
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7:41PM: During a chat at ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun says that the Sharks would need to take on some of Boyle’s salary and he isn’t sure they want to do that.
Craig Custance tweeted “Tortorella knows Boyle well, that makes sense if they can make it work.”
Strang said that the Rangers would not be willing to move a player like Michael Del Zotto to get Boyle.
5:34PM: Katie Strang, at ESPN NY, confirms what Pierre LeBrun said last night about the Rangers having interest in Dan Boyle.
She says that Boyle appeals to the Rangers as a “smooth skater who can move the puck and improve the power play.”
Strang says that the Rangers are not opposed to adding a player who has a contract past this season as long as he is a “good fit.”
The Sharks, she says, are reportedly looking to add some youth to their lineup but the Rangers remain reluctant to move any of their young core players.
Another factor, due to Boyle’s large cap hit, would be the Sharks taking on part of Boyle’s remaining contract.
Boyle has a limited no-trade clause and told CSN Bay Area that he wants to stay in San Jose.
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9:20PM: LeBrun expanded on Boyle during TSN’s Insider Trading segment, saying:
- Boyle is available for the right price so that a spot on the top pairing can be given to Brent Burns.
- “I believe that the New York Rangers have talked to San Jose about him, they have interest in him but the question remains, ‘is there a fit?’
9:01PM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun reports that the Rangers have interest in San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle.
LeBrun says that the Rangers have been looking for a top-four defenseman who is right handed.
LeBrun also notes the connection that Boyle has with the Rangers since he played under John Tortorella and was a teammate of Brad Richards.
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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the San Jose Sharks are approaching a time where they will need to hit the “reset” button with their roster and could begin to start moving some of their players.
One of those players is defenseman Dan Boyle, who LeBrun says is the “top-four, right handed d-man the Blueshirts could sure use.”
Boyle is signed through next season with a cap hit of $6.67 million.
He has four goals and eight assists in 25 games this season. He is on a pace to have 12 goals and 25 assists over an 80 games season.
Boyle is averaging 23:30 per game, has 20 hits, 34 blocked shots, nine of his twelve points on the PP and 1:20 on the PK a game.
There were rumors over the summer, that were denied in almost every case, that the Rangers and Sharks had talked about a Dan Boyle and Marian Gaborik trade.