Never in my life did I think I would utter these words, but here it goes. The New York Rangers should re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Brian Boyle in the offseason.
Being mostly on the team’s 4th line this season, Boyle played in every game, recording six goals and 12 assists, and played in every postseason game, recording three goals and five assists.
Boyle’s commitment to the Rangers was on full display this postseason and showed enough for me to sign him to another contract.
He may not be overly physical for being the biggest man on the team, which has always been my biggest knock on Boyle, but he excels at being a 4th liner. Boyle may not throw his body around, but he uses his big body to keep opponents away from the puck, giving the Rangers more offensive zone time, and has an underrated wrist shot when he tends to use it.
Boyle’s biggest strengths, however, and what makes him such a good 4th liner, is that he is one of the best defensive forwards on the team, is one of the best players on the team at winning faceoffs, and is an excellent penalty killer, as he uses his big body to block shots.
Since Boyle has expressed great interest in staying with the Rangers, I feel he is willing to take on the same contract, with a cap hit of $1.7 million per, or even less, and with his services, I think a contract under $2 million per season is well worth Boyle’s services, especially after what he showed this postseason.