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.
10:36AM: At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that Dan Boyle has lost his full no-trade protection and that with limited protection, teams have started to call about him.
Of Boyle, Friedman writes, “At 36, can still carry the puck, run a powerplay and has some of the best head-fakes in the NHL. (Only offensive concern: has trouble getting his shot through.) “
Last season in San Jose, Boyle had 9 goals and 39 assists, 17 PP points and played 25:34.
In 2010-11, Boyle had 50 points, 27 PP points and logged 26:14 per game.
Boyle, a right handed shot, has two more years left on his deal at $6.66 million.
San Jose has Boyle, Brent Burns, Brad Stuart, Marc Eduard Vlasic, Douglas Murray, Jason Demers and Justin Braun signed.
There were rumors yesterday saying that a Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade was “close.”
Adam Rotter: You can bet that the Rangers were one of the teams calling on Boyle since he is exactly what they are looking for. He is a right handed defenseman who can play big minutes with Marc Staal and run the power play. If the cost is Marian Gaborik then it’s a non-starter but I think this is someone the Rangers will continue to try negotiate for. Boyle is a key guy for SJ and their ice time leader the last few seasons, so he won”t be cheap.
11:29AM: Again, I think that the Rangers called up the Sharks and asked about Boyle. The Sharks, who are looking for scoring, probably asked about Marian Gaborik and that is where you get the rumor from.
Boyle, 36, has two more years left on his contract at $6.66 million per season and has a no-trade clause.
Boyle played under John Tortorella from 2001-2008. Since the lockout, in seasons where he has played more than 37 games, Boyle has not had fewer than 48 points. He is a right handed shot.
Gaborik also has a no-trade clause.
Adam Rotter: Boyle, because of his relationship with John Tortorella, would be a logical target for the Rangers. He is a righty shooting, veteran offensive defenseman who has won a Stanley Cup. I don’t think the Rangers would move Marian Gaborik for him, but in theory, a move like this would then lead to the Rangers acquiring Rick Nash.