NHL Trade: Islanders Acquire The Rights To Dan Boyle


  • Arthur Staple: The New York Islanders acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Dan Boyle for a conditional 2015 5th round pick. If Boyle signs with the Islanders, the Sharks will receive a 2015 4th round pick.

Before trade happened:

  • Bruce Garrioch: The Lightning are thinking about acquiring the rights to Dan Boyle.
  • Joe Smith: Dan Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, said that Boyle plans on testing the open market, but is open to heading back to Tampa Bay: “I know he loves it down there.”

The 37-year old defenseman is coming a deal in which he had a $6,666,667 salary cap hit.

Do you think Boyle will sign with the Islanders?

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  1. #1 by LeafsFan1 at June 5th, 2014

    Garth Snow loves to overpay for everything so I bet he’ll sign there. They’ll probably offer him a 2-3 year deal.

  2. #2 by Mark Easson at June 5th, 2014

    I think Garth will have to go at least three years if he wants a chance. May not be a lot of teams willing to go three.

    I think Boyle turns 38 next month.

  3. #3 by Derail at June 5th, 2014

    Garth Snow will go down as one of the worst GMs in HOCKEY history,,, He is right up there with Mike Milburry

  4. #4 by DRosner at June 5th, 2014

    I gotta say Garth has been making great moves this off season and he’s got this islander fan extremely pumped for next season. Props to Snow. Hopefully he keeps making moves like this and we finally start making progress! LET’S GO ISLANDERS!

  5. #5 by ChrisB at June 5th, 2014

    I agree. At least 3. It was reported that Boyle wanted 3 to stay in SJ, and Wilson balked at that. Boyle had a NTC(8 team no trade list), whether he waived it outright or NYI wasn’t on the list, is beyond me, but it seems there’s at least a bit of interest towards NY from Boyle.

  6. #6 by D at June 5th, 2014

    I think snow has no choice, he’s keeping this years first round pick, so he’s gotta “stack” his team up as much as he can, at least just for a season

  7. #7 by hotwings at June 5th, 2014

    Snow is defintely in “stack” mode… aka panic mode.

  8. #8 by Chris at June 5th, 2014

    I still say the odds are that Boyle goes to free agency. Maybe he still signs with the Isles but people don’t seem to want to play there.

  9. #9 by J at June 5th, 2014

    Snow being worse them Millbury is a joke…. Milbury giving up so many current all star players.. and snows biggest mistake…. Vanek trade which in retrospect wasnt as bad as people make it out to be… They didn’t want to resign moulson, so why not try to have a full yr basically to convince Vanish(pun intended) to play there… anyway that being said because of snow the Islanders do have the 5th best prospect pool in the NHL… and he also found those “wash-ups” no one wanted such as moulson, and PA and made them into someone is he my favorite no but he’s def not the worst and definitely not worse then Mike… If this pans out Id offer Boyle a longer contract and just make him a Defensive coach to train all those young D in the pool he would definitely be a great mentor

  10. #10 by drosner at June 5th, 2014

    You hit it right on the head. Go isles!!!

  11. #11 by SnowIsGarbage at June 5th, 2014

    Are you kidding me? This guy has sunken your franchise for the last 8 or so years. He has done literally nothing to help you (an orange could have picked Tavares). What draft picks have panned out? How about that Dipietro signing, and don’t even start on the Vanek trade (gun-point robbery really). How do you Islanders fans feel he has done a good job?!!!

  12. #12 by chris at June 5th, 2014

    More than likely Boyle will test the free agency market. Most hockey players that are older in age will want to join teams that are not in the rebuilding phase, for chances of lifting another cup. There is a lot of high caliper teams looking for an upgrade at defensive position (DET,PIT,TB,WAS,ect) with not alot of good defensive UFA to sign this year alot will be looking at Boyle. My guess he still owns a house in Tampa and his wife’s family still lives there so, he might end up signing with the lightning (if the money is right) if not Tampa has a ton of propects ready to make a splash in the NHL.

  13. #13 by J at June 5th, 2014

    Snowisgarbage I am going to just demolish you right now … 1st I’m not defending snow he has made bad moves but 2ndly he is not a bad GM just not an all time great but he has done wonders with what he was given… Lets go with Snagging Grabner off Waivers getting Dehaan in the same draft as JT.. getting Hamonic He has found huge value late drafts where most players don’t even pan out (casey cizkas and a few otherS) He has stuck with his rebuild through drafting/waivers/FA since lets face it WANG wouldn’t give much leeway with money until recently(being hopeful here) but What snow has done with what he was given is a lot… and you obviously fail to see that Not to mention other mentions such as buying and selling Wiz for a profit….Signing Parentu and juricna for very cheap….Also the 2008 8 draft… most GMS aim for getting 2 future NHLers Garth ended up with alike 6 from one draft…Must i say the same for the 2011 draft (Mayfield, Pedan, Reinhart, Pokka, Pelech, & Pulock) and forwards (Sundstrom, Persson, & Strome) Out of those again I think its safe to say 2 will be playing next yr (Strome/Reinhart) and at least 2 more will be up soon…. (Pokka being one of them) OHHHHH and lets not for get Thomas Hickey, Evgeni Nabokov, Keith Aucoin, and Brian Strait also waiver picks… now obvious nabby was not the answer but if resined he’d make a good backup and I honestly think he was the bread and butter of that locker room and kept them from killing each other during their losing spree last season… and Strait/Hickey off waivers… great pick ups for nothing.. will they be AMAZING eh.. will the be good depth and do other GMS regret not picking them up Im sure they do…

  14. #14 by Andrew at June 6th, 2014

    J you keep tossing names out like everyone of those players will be a star and we should know who they are. I doubt most have panned out from the draft and have done nothing. the few names i recognized as NHLers were grabner, PA (who skipped town), strait, and nabby. those other names are just picks and have yet to do anything of value for your team. how can you say aucoin was a good move? like what? guy didn’t even play a full season. if he had drafted well over the last 8 years don’t you think you would have had a few more playoff appearances?

  15. #15 by drosner at June 6th, 2014

    You forgot to mention Brock nelson who will be a superstar.

  16. #16 by Jason at June 6th, 2014

    I agree with Andrew. J is just spraying bullets, hoping one hits. I mean you’re acting like signing Milan Jurcina was a great signing. The dude was just a body. Grabner had 1 good season and has looked like he doesn’t belong since. For every good move Snow has made, he makes 3 bad ones. And the Moulson/Vanek trade was not a good one. Statistically speaking, what did he gain? In trading for Vanek, he got a player that was only 2 months younger and put up 2 less goals since 2009-10 (135 vs 133). So Snow gave up all that he did for basically nothing that added to his team. Boyle most likely will not sign either, unless Snow goes too much on term/salary.

  17. #17 by J at June 6th, 2014

    I am not saying they were great signings I am not calling Jurcina or Aucion amazing players that being said… what he gave up for them and gave for them…. was worth it… That being said if you really don’t consider Strome, Rienhart NHL caliber players I mean unless Rienhart is injury prone he will do big things from a D standpoint. Did I ever say the List of players will be super stars? hell no but if you are going to deny such players as Andres Lee Brock Nelson Strome who all three basically got baptized by fire this season and did well considering the circumstances of pathetic goaltending and JT being hurt All of those named about will def pan out then just more then a body, Grabner on the other hand is just fine is his greatest behind him idk… is he a consistent 20 point machine yah.. can he had 30 point potential id say high 20s… Jason also the reason why i say I think the vanek deal was “good” yes i do realize we got SCREWED… that being said just the big name Vanek is something that if(again obviously didn’t) but if panned out could have potentially brought in more talent… was/is Vanek past his prime yah obviously guy disappeared for the Canadians…. That being said Moulson wanted 6 Mil and he is not worth that….. he is neither a Big name(since we just picked him up and JT made him stat wise) nor is he even that skilled,If given the opportunity id let snow do it again to give up someone like Moulson who we were not going to sign and try and get a player like Vanek by trying to connivence him to stay and have longer then just a month to do that… basically a full season. That is all i meant by the Vanek trade being “good” head was in the right spot if the team won I’m sure vanek would have stayed he basically stated it saying when he was leaving he likes it but they just aren’t winning. every player who has not wanted to come Vis,Nabby, etc and has played had enjoyed it and wanted to stay now that Boyle knows nabby I would increase boyles chances of signing from 40% to like 55% haha… i mean come on no one else will offer him a 2 year deal he is on the decline… that being said what does he have to lose I have no problem overpaying for Boyle… especially if you have so many young D in Rienhart coming up or in Pokka etc in the system… There isn’t really a down side of those D taking a few pointers of someone like Boyle… sometimes a Mentor is more important then a 50 point scorer.. but this franchise is sadly stuck in the mindset of every pick is worth a JT and every pick we give away will end up being a gretzky, Back to the Boyle signing please tell me how this was in any terms bad…. out of those 8 or so prospects I named I honestly believe not just from scouting reports but from watching them play that 3 of them will pan out as nhl D even if it is as a specialist for just PK/ defensive defensmen, and if you are to deny even the mediocrity of such players as strome, ness, lee then you may want to look into prospects, players a bit more because they will be at the ver least 3rd liners worst case and Strome if no wing is picked up for JT will be that guy. But hey we all have our opinions. and mine is… people want the islanders to all of a sudden become great…but they fail to realize Snow is just going off what he is given, Hopfully the 20 million guaranteed revenue once they move to brooklyn will help along with player salaries…but andrew like i said do some research on Ness, Strome, Rienhart Pokka they are basically on there way to proving them selves and the prospect offense basically did prove themselves when the islanders basically played their AHL team post olympic break.

  18. #18 by Andrew at June 6th, 2014

    ok do some research? as in look at their time in the NHL and it shows nothing. dude not every stat translates to the NHL you can have players that are successful in other junior and affiliated leagues who never even crack the NHL rosters. your praise for snow is not based on results but based on what COULD be and what MIGHT be. so when your team starts winning and putting a legitimate product out on the ice you can start praising his drafting skills. so let’s wait and see. i might end up eating my words in 2-3 years when the islanders are winning but there is no way to tell. all i have to go off of is the past 8 years which has been 2 playoff appearances and 2 early round bounces. that kinda thing usually gets a GM fired.

  19. #19 by J at June 6th, 2014

    Well if we go of states then Strome and lee those no names you stated before would mean If they played a whole season their 1st seasons would be at least 20 goal seasons and thats being conservative of accounting for big droughts etc… Just saying that by stating you only heard of grabner I simply said do some research since majority of the the NHL fan base has heard of these young guns and yes I would agree that does usually get a GM fired… But as a stock holder would you blame a manager for only being able to hire interns instead of real employees due to budget cuts or would you blame the CEO/CFO who put those cuts in place.. All I’m saying is Snow is not as bad as mill bury.. He has done a few bad moves that stand out… but he has done well with what he was given and which was from day one and he knew would be having to home grow all his talent opposed to being able to bring them in using money(until recently)

  20. #20 by drosner at June 6th, 2014

    Seriously if you guys don’t like snow or the team then go screw and get off these message boards where islander fans can go to finally start appreciating the good things snow is doing. I know I personally love what the team is about to be and despite some of snows shortcomings he’s been aces lately with the moves he’s made. If you want to rag on snow or the team than go join an anti snow club and leave the die hard fans who deserve some good news alone. Whether Boyle signs or not I think snow and crew are doing the right thing and I’m totally pumped to see the isles start winning. Go isles.

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