The New York Rangers made their first splash in free agency by signing 37-year old defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year deal worth $9 million. This signing serves a multitude of purposes for the Rangers, but it mainly gives them a quarterback on the power play. The signing helps the Rangers tremendously in an area they have not been good at since Brian Leetch left.
Boyle is not the youngest guy on the block, but he does have a great track record. He has always been a player who has been a factor on the offensive end, especially on the power play. Last season, Boyle was injured for a lot of the year, only recording 36 points in 75 games. He has consistently put up points throughout his career, but there are concerns about the concussion he suffered last year.
With Anton Stralman expected to sign elsewhere, the Rangers needed a third right-handed defenseman to have in their lineup. Boyle could potentially play with Marc Staal, but he will be relied upon to fix the power play. The Rangers need a heavy, right-handed shot from the point on the power play, and they finally got it.
The Rangers are going to look a lot different this year than they did last year. They are expected to lose a lot of their role players such as Stralman, Boyle is an aging player, but he can also help the Rangers in a lot of areas. This signing makes a lot of sense, and will help the team tremendously.