The New York Islanders have acquired the rights to veteran defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks. The Isles sent a conditional fifth-round draft choice in 2015 to the Sharks which will become a fourth-round pick if Boyle signs with the Islanders. Boyle is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Boyle will turn 38 on July 12. Last season, he scored 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games for the Sharks.
In 954 NHL games, the Ottawa, native has scored 144 goals and 561 points with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks. He won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay. Boyle’s best offensive season came in 2006-07 when he scored 20 goals and had 63 points.
This move is designed to add an experienced defenseman to the Isles young blue line corps. Boyle has a lot of experience as a power-play quarterback and would add offensive ability as well. He has struggled at times over the last two seasons, but is still capable of upgrading the Islanders defense in the short term.
Isles general manager Garth Snow now has an exclusive window to sign Boyle before free agency begins. He used a similar type of trade to acquire and sign goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Boyle will likely want at least a two-year deal or he can explore free agency this summer.