It looks like New York Rangers GM Glen Sather loves his old veterans still, as Larry Brooks of the New York Post has reported the team has signed 38-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year ,$9 million deal. Boyle has been on the Rangers’ wishlist for the past two years, even when he was playing for the San Jose Sharks.
He might be 38 years old, but he’s a proven offensive defenseman (12 goals last season), something New York lacked a lot of this previous season. Boyle will be joining his former 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis, as they team up together to try and win one more Stanley Cup before they both call it quits.
The defenseman may not be the only Shark to join the Rangers in this free agency. As reported by multiple outlets, center Joe Thornton could be on his way to New York via trade. The trade rumor, along with the Dan Boyle signing, is showing that the Rangers have a small window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. Sather also has a few young free agents to re-sign in Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider.
Age doesn’t seem to be a factor for the Rangers in their signing of Boyle. Minus Ryan McDonagh, fans have never really seen the Rangers score a lot from the blue line. Boyle gives the team that right away, especially on the power play. I understand that giving an old guy like him nearly $5 million a year is risky, but the team needs to risk it to win it all.
We’re not even halfway done with the first day of NHL free agency, and the Rangers are making a decent amount of noise. Re-signing Anton Stralman seems very unlikely now. The team got older, but they get the scoring defenseman they’ve wanted for quite some time.