Isles to trade Boyle after failing to sign him to new deal

TSN.ca Staff
6/18/2014 1:16:40 PM
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow says he's shopping Dan Boyle's rights, telling TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that the team has been unable to sign the pending unrestricted free agent.

The Islanders acquired the rights to Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 2015 fifth-round draft pick on June 5. If Boyle were to re-sign with the Islanders, the pick would have become a fourth-round selection.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Boyle was intrigued by the Islanders' interest and offer of a two-year deal, but remains undecided.

"Garth's done a great job, he's kept us abreast of everything along the way, we understand he's got to protect his interests," Boyle's agent, George Bazos, told LeBrun on ESPN.com. "That being said, we haven't closed the door on talking to them. The Islanders gave Dan a lot to think about."

Boyle, who will turn 38 in July, has spent the last seven seasons with the Sharks.

A Stanley Cup winner with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and a 2010 Olympic gold medal winner with Canada, Boyle is heading into his 17th NHL season. He had 12 goals and 24 assists for the Sharks last season.

Boyle is a veteran of 954 NHL games. In his career, the native of Ottawa has tallied 144 and 417 assists.

Dan Boyle (Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)


(Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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