A few days ago, I wrote about how the New York Rangers should let current defenseman Anton Stralman walk in free agency. Well, it’s looking like New York is already trying to move on, as the team is reportedly interested in signing 38-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle. While his rights are currently owned by the New York Islanders, Boyle is still expected to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Rangers and Boyle have been linked for the past few years, with New York attempting and failing to acquire him from the San Jose Sharks last year. Boyle is also a former teammate of Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup back in 2004. The defenseman is seeking a two-year deal, according to Darren Dreger.
While New York is developing a solid young core, their love for older veterans hasn’t faded one bit. This potential signing would make a lot of sense for New York. One of their biggest needs is a defenseman who can quarterback the power play, as well as give the blue line a boost of offense. Boyle had 12 goals and tallied 36 points during the 2013-14 NHL season.
If Boyle goes to the Rangers, it shows that New York is ready to win now. It has to be mentioned that showing interest, or “kicking the tires”, is normal at this time of year, and they might not sign Boyle at all. He could just be a second option if they fail to re-sign Stralman. Another person the Rangers are “kicking the tires” on is Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny.
General Manager Glen Sather has a lot of players to sign and maybe other free agents to bring in. Signing Boyle would make sense, but it appears to only be just interest for now.