Will Tampa Bay be able to trade Boyle?

Darren Dreger

7/2/2008 11:17:04 PM

The Dan Boyle trade rumours have resurfaced.

Sources also say the Tampa Bay Lightning have contacted the Boyle camp to alert them to the fact a deal may be in the works. Whether or not the Lightning have officially asked Boyle to waive his no-trade clause is unconfirmed, however a source close to the player says they have.

Amid swirling speculation Boyle is a trade target, the Lightning reached out on Tuesday following a very active day of free agent signings around the NHL and told Boyle they had no intention of trading him.

Less than 24 hours later, things have changed and Dan Boyle's future in Tampa is very much in play. Sources say the Lightning are close to a deal with three teams, however as many as five teams may be in the mix.

Boyle only played 37 games this season after his wrist was cut by a skate in a freak accident, but he put up 25 points on four goals and 21 assists.

He signed a six-year, $40 million extension in February just before the trade deadline.

Boyle, who was part of Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2004, had a career year in 2006-2007 when he scored 20 goals with 43 assists for 63 points.