The New York Islanders have acquired the negotiating rights to former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle, who is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st.
When fans in the Bolts Nation heard that former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle would not be re-signing with the San Jose Sharks, people began to get excited about the prospect of Boyle returning to the Lightning to help sew up some of the holes in the Lightning’s defense.
Unfortunately, it looks as if those dreams have been dashed as the National Hockey League broke the news today that the rights to the San Jose Sharks defenseman had been acquired by the New York Islanders.
In exchange, the San Jose Sharks will receive a fifth round pick from New York; however, if Boyle signs with the Islanders before the start of the 2014-15 season that fifth round pick becomes a fourth round pick.
As most of you are already aware, Boyle was a member of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning team that held Lord Stanley’s Cup high over their heads. Unfortunately, it wasn’t far down the road, 2009 to be exact, when Boyle would be unceremoniously traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, and two draft picks.
Last season, Boyle suited up for 75 games with the San Jose Sharks. In that amount of time, he earned 12 goals and 24 assists for a total of 36 points.
While there is still a chance that Boyle won’t actually sign with the New York Islanders, if he does, I would say that the Islanders just made the deal of a lifetime. The one and only downside to the situation is that at 37 years of age, it is unknown just how many more years the defenseman will choose to play in the National Hockey League.
Are you one of the fans here in the Bolts Nation that would love to see the return of defenseman Dan Boyle to the Tampa Bay Lightning? Would a trade like that even be feasible for the current Tampa Bay Lightning team? Let us know what you think in the comments below.