7/191/14: 4:27PM: On his official Team Canada bio, Dan Boyle lists his hockey idols growing up to be Rick Tocchet and former Ranger Brian Leetch. (Olympics)
Boyle said, “my favorite player growing up was Rick Tocchet, hence the 22, but my favorite D Man was Brian Leetch. He was kind of the guy that I emulated growing up and to be sort of associated with him and the Rangers has always been in the back of my mind.” (Rangers)
He adds, “I was a Flyers fan growing up but Brian Leetch was the guy that to this day… people will talk about Ray Bourque or Phl Housley or other defenseman but Leetch is the best defenseman that I have ever seen play.” (Rangers)
Boyle has said that Leetch wasn’t the biggest defenseman but could obviously do things with the puck. He says that some people have compared him to Sergei Zubov but the player he most looked up to growing up was Leetch. (Voice of Russia)
7/17/14 | 3:23PM: Asked about Marty, Boyle said “Marty and I are cut from the same cloth. We have similar backgrounds and our parents were friends in Tampa. We had gone through a lot of the same situations, being undrafted and overlooked and we both have a chip on our shoulder and reuniting with him was part of that also.” (Rangers)
He added, “when you win, you are just inseparable for the rest of your life and the bonds don’t break. Marty and I are cut from the same cloth and we are very similar in how we approach the game. He is a special player.” (Rangers)
7/18/14 | 2:49PM: On NYC, Boyle said “It’s a center of attention and I am not saying that I need, I just wanted to experience that.” (Rangers)
7/15/14 : 1:53PM: “I played with Dan Boyle and he is a guy who thrives on being underrated. He has thrived his entire career, thrives on being underrated, has been consistent his whole career, he wants to be the guy, he wants to make a difference, he is capable of doing that. His hockey IQ is off the charts and he has a little edge to him, people don’t know, he has a little jam to him once in a while which I love. That jam and ‘show you mentality’ has helped him become the great player he has been in his career. He brings a veteran presence and brings leadership and skills and competitiveness and is a right hand shot which was needed, they needed a guy who could be dynamic and who can skate the puck out of trouble. (Kevin Weekes to the Rangers website)
Weekes added, “he wanted to be here. He had options, Dan Boyle was a hot commodity and he wanted to be a Ranger, he chose NY and anytime someone wants to be a Ranger that tells you everything that you need to know, they are willing to come here, be a blueshirt, are willing to play under the bright lights at the Garden, you can’t hide playing in NY. You gotta come grind and bring the blue collar into the blue shirt. I think it will be a nice fit.”
Boyle’s agent said that he is excited about joining up with Marty St. Louis in New York and that Boyle thinks he is perfect for how the Rangers want to play. (NY Post)
Craig Button said on the NHL Network, “Upgrades Anton Stralman in a significant manner. He is a difference maker. They got a whole lot more dangerous with Dan Boyle.”
When Boyle signed, Pierre McGuire said, “Boyle will play with Marc Staal, run the PP, take a lot of pressure off of Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein. The biggest thing is that this gives them street cred in the dressing room, they lose Benoit Pouliot, they lose Anton Stralman but guess what, we just brought in a Gold Medalist, a guy who can run the PP. They need to be better on the PP, they lose Brad Richards and Boyle replaces all of that stuff.” (TSN)
Ray Ferraro said, “Boyle can run a PP and is in the top portion of the defenseman who can do it. Boyle plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is proof to everyone every night, I am good, I can handle this and going to NY is no problem for a guy like Dan Boyle. The fact that he still has game left doesn’t hurt him either.” (TSN)
Aaron Ward said “there is a sense of confidence having a defenseman back there who is able to be as offensive as he is, not just being offensive but being able to shoot it. I like that Boyle is an ‘i’ll take it, put it my hands’ kind of player.” (TSN)
Dan Boyle and Brad Richards were teammates in Tampa Bay from 2001 to 2009 and Boyle said this week that he reached out to Richards before deciding to sign with the Rangers.
Boyle said that speaking with Richards was “tough” because after just being in the Stanley Cup Final, he was now looking for a new team. Boyle added though that Richards had nothing bu great things to say about the organization and the team.
When he was bought out, Richards released a statement and said “Tough last few days … I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I’ve met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter in my career.”
Why did you sign with the Rangers, “That is where I wanted to go, it’s the simplest way to put it. Once I found out I was done in San Jose, this was a team that jumped out and has been a team I have been curious about. I have played in Florida and California, not traditional hockey markets so I wanted to experience something, those places were great but I wanted to experience something different. New York, Original Six team, it’s just where I wanted to go. The money…you could make more money elsewhere but you gotta be happy and that is why I chose to go there.”
When Dan Boyle signed a two-year deal worth $9 million with the Rangers yesterday it was immediately noted that he left more on the table to come sign with the Rangers.
The amount left on the table by Boyle has been described as “a lot.” (ESPN.com)
Boyle reportedly was offered a three-year deal by the Red Wings worth $12.5 million. (Ansar Khan)
Other reports indicate that Boyle was offered two-years and $10 million from the Red Wings. (FreeP)
Boyle reportedly turned down two different offers from the Islanders, two-years at $5.5 million per year and three-years at $5 million per year. (Cyrgalis)
The Sabres reportedly offered Boyle a “blank check.” (NY Post)
It was expected that Boyle would get at least between $5 million and $5.5 million on a new contract.
Boyle’s agent said that he told teams during the interview process that if the Rangers made an offer the decision wouldn’t come down to money. He says that Boyle always wanted to play for the Rangers and looks forward to re-joining his old teammate Marty St. Louis. (NY Post)