May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) before game one against the Montreal Canadiens of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Center Brian Boyle

The Tampa Bay Lightning has finally made their next big move of the day by finding someone who can seal the deal up front.

Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has signed New York Rangers center Brian Boyle to a 3-year deal.

Boyle’s shiny new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning is reportedly worth $6.9 million over the course of the deal. This is an average of $2.3 million per year.

The addition of Boyle adds some tremendous size to the Bolts offense. At 6 foot 7 inches tall and 244 pounds, I sincerely doubt that he will get pushed around much. This is a big plus when it comes to going toe to toe with one of the more physical teams in the league like the Boston Bruins.

Last season, Boyle played in all 82 games the New York Rangers played. In that amount of time, the Massachusetts native scored 6 goals and 12 assists for a total of 18 points along with a plus-1 rating.

Boyle was able to add an additional 8 points to his season totals scoring 3 goals and 5 assists.

While Boyle hasn’t seen a 20 point season in the past two seasons, he does have something that the Lightning is in desperate need of; sheer size and physicality.

I don’t know about you, but I am anxious to see how the next season plays out. The Bolts have undergone a number of changes, some of them more soul shaking than the rest, over the course of the last few days. This could very well mean that it will be a new day here in Hockey Paradise.

What do you think of the latest member of the Bolts Nation? What do you think Boyle has to offer the Bolts next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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  • Adam James Osborne

    Excellent, excellent offseason moves by Stevie Y, so far.

    Our D is the best it has been since the cup team. Garrison adds some size, grit and one hell of a shot. Stralman reminds me of Gunnarson, but better; solid mobility, good puck skills, great positioning, calm and cool and…best of all… can log a ton of minutes without wearing down.

    Brian Boyle is exactly what our 3rd line needs; a big, banger with some skill and defensive consciousness.

    Nabokov came as a bit of a surprise, but it will be a nice change to have a veteran winner as a backup- Nabby is as solid a vet as you can expect for that pricetag and a great insurance policy on Big Ben.

    Getting rid of Purcell was an obvious choice. Paquette is an upgrade over Thompson (especially with Boyle in the mix) and Malone is DONE.

    Factor in the soon-to-be Calder favourite, Drouin, and a full season of Callahan, and the Bolts look like the team to beat in the East.