The man who wanted to stay with the New York Rangers this offseason, but was unwilling to accept his role as a fourth-liner and decided to leave for the Tampa Bay Lightning ultimately influenced highly touted free-agent prospect Kevin Hayes‘ decision on joining the Rangers?
Yes, this is true according to Hayes. Hayes said in an interview not long after it was announced that he had chosen to join the Rangers because he spoke to ex-Ranger and fellow Boston College alum, Brian Boyle. Boyle had nothing but great things to say about the Rangers, which greatly helped Hayes in his decision-making.
This is now the second player this offseason who was influenced someone to come to the Rangers by a former player who was let go by the Rangers in this same offseason.
First was Brad Richards, who was bought out by the Rangers this offseason, yet almost immediately after he was bought out, Richards practically recruited his former teammate from his Lightning days, defenseman Dan Boyle, to sign with the Rangers. And so he did.
Both Richards and Brian Boyle had every right to be mad about the Rangers’ decision to let them go this offseason, yet both showed their maturity and professionalism by praising their former team and actually help them get one of the best power play quarterbacks in the game, in Dan Boyle, and the most sought after unrestricted free-agent prospect in Hayes, both in the same offseason.
All Rangers’ fans should have nothing but the utmost respect for both Brad Richards and Brian Boyle.