Read: Marty St. Louis on what Dan Boyle can bring to the Rangers

Boyle WhiteJeff Gorton says that the Rangers signed Dan Boyle with the intention of him filling roles of players, Brad Richards PP, Anton Stralman defense, that they lost.

Asked about Boyle, St. Louis said that Boyle will add a lot with: (Rangers)

  • “his presence on defense”
  • “his poise”
  • “how he controls the pace of the game”
  • “he can move the puck with the best in the league.”

St. Louis added, “for me, I am glad and I was able to watch him quite a bit in the past 5-6 years playing out West, I would catch his games after our games and I have always been impressed with how he plays the game. When you have him on your team you appreciate what he does but when you get to watch him from a distance, you understand what he brings to the game and I am excited to work with him again.” (Rangers)

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Read: Marty St. Louis and Dan Boyle took the same path

Brian BoyleWhen Dan Boyle joined the Rangers he said that Marty St. Louis played a big role in his decision to come to New York.

Boyle and St. Louis played together in Tampa Bay and said that the two have made it in the NHL on similar paths.

Asked about Boyle, St. Louis said that the two took a very similar path to the NHL saying:(Rangers)

  • “We came in the league around the same time, the same path.”
  • “He is from Ottawa, I am from Montreal.”
  • “We both didn’t play Major Junior and both went to College.”

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Read: Dan Boyle says the Rangers know what they are getting

Boyle WhiteDan Boyle says that the Rangers went after him for a reason and the organization knows what they are getting with him. (Newsday)

Boyle said that he understands the pressure that comes with the two roles he is being asked to play but says that he hopes he can provide some different looks for the Rangers. (Newsday)

He said that he has heard nothing but good things about Alain Vigneault. (Newsday)

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)

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Read: Dan Boyle and his ice time (Update)

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)

Read: Where Dan Boyle thinks his game is right now

Dan BoyleSince the year 2000, Dan Boyle has played in the sixth most games of any defenseman with  919 and has averaged 70 games per season in that span.(HR)

He has played the fourth most minutes in that time behind Zdeno Chara, Nick Lidstrom and Kimmo Timonen and led the league in total minutes played in 2006-07. (HR)

Last season Boyle suffered a concussion and said that he didn’t feel like himself for around three months. Boyle pointed to the concussion, not his age, as the reason why his played started to dip but added that down the stretch he was back to playing like himself.

He said that he keeps himself in “really good shape” and has no problems logging big minutes. Boyle said that he wants to make a difference, wants the puck on his stick and most importantly wants to win hockey games.

Last season, Boyle led the Sharks in average ice time per game with 21:16 but was third on the team in average ice time at even strength at 17:22.

Over the last six seasons, when Boyle is in the ice his team takes 53.5% of the shots. (HR)

Boyle saw 3:38 per game on the PP last season which was 12th in the league for defensemen and was 18th in points for defensemen with 6 goals and 12 assists.

Over the last three seasons for defensemen, Boyle is 25th in total ice time with 4,717 minute, 15th in points with 104, 19th in points per game with .51, 8th in shots with 2.49 per game. (HR)

In total ice time he is behind Dan Girardi (5,194) and Ryan McDonagh (5,084) over the last three seasons. (HR)

Stats: Dan Boyle’s presence on the PP and Ryan McDonagh

It’s likely that Ryan McDonagh and Dan Boyle will be at the points on the Rangers top PP unit next season. (ESPN)

On the PP last season:

  • Dan Boyle:
    • (Regular season) 6 goals, 12 assists/3:38 per game. 54 shots on goal, 20 that missed the net, 40 were blocked. 47.4% of his shots were on net and from an average of 44.1 ft out.
    • (Playoffs) 3 assists/4:44 per game, 9 shots on goal, 2 shots that missed, 10 that were blocked. 42.9% of his shots were on goal and from an average of 47.6%. (ES)
  • Ryan McDonagh:
    •  (Regular season) 2 goals, 11 assists/2:52 per game. 39 shots on goal, 12 that missed the net and 24 that were blocked. 52% of his attempts were on net and from 47.9 ft out.
    • (Playoffs) 2 goals, 5 assists/4:23 per game. 14 shots on goal, 10 shots that missed the net, 17 blocked. 34.1% on net from an average of 42.7 ft out.

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Read: Marc Staal on adding Dan Boyle

Marc StaalMarc Staal said that he is excited to get to know Dan Boyle and the team is excited to have him. (TBNews)

Staal said that Boyle is still a great player, very talented with the puck and will be a “huge help” on the power play. (TBNews)

It’s been speculated that Boyle will shift into Anton Stralman’s spot and skate with Staal but Staal said that he isn’t sure what the pairings will be. (TBNews)

Asked about Staal, Boyle said “him and I played in the All-Star game a few years ago so I do know him a little bit but he had to deal with the eye injury but he looks like he has come back from it. As far as playing with him, any partner I have had in the past has kind of had to adjust to me a little bit more, I can play with anybody. I am a positive guy on the bench, I am hard on myself but when it comes to my teammates I am very positive and supportive and whatever he needs from me, I’ll be there. He is a responsible D man and allows me to go out there and do what I do best and hopefully it’s a good match. (Rangers)