There has been a lot of speculation about Dan Boyle’s future with the San Jose Sharks. The veteran defenseman may be on his way out if the team is not in a playoff spot by the deadline. If they ever had a chance to trade for him, Boyle would be a perfect fit for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes defense has been destroyed by injuries with Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti and Justin Faulk currently out with injury. Faulk and Corvo are two of the better offensive defensemen on a team that is in desperate need for some strong defense. The Hurricanes are ranked 26th overall on the power play, and it may be because they have few defensemen who are strong on the point.
Boyle has been one of the better puck moving defensemen in the NHL for years. His skills could rejuvenate the Canes dead power play and also contribute on the penalty kill. The Hurricanes would also love to have Boyle’s defensive poise. With the loss of Faulk, they are missing one of their better players in the defensive zone.
Of course the price for Boyle wouldn’t be small, and the Sharks would have to be willing to trade him. Jim Rutherford may be pressured into making a trade for a defenseman soon with star goalie Cam Ward and backup goalie Dan Ellis out with injuries. Boyle could provide some veteran leadership to the young Canes as well. The team only has few players over the age of thirty and Boyle has 36 years behind him.