Lightning ask Boyle to waive no trade clause

Darren Dreger

7/4/2008 10:18:45 AM

Sources tell TSN the Tampa Bay Lightning have officially asked veteran defenseman Dan Boyle to waive his no-trade clause.

However, Boyle has not agreed to waive and wants sufficient time to assess his options and where he believes his best fit is.

Sources say three teams remain in pursuit of Boyle with the San Jose Sharks believed to be the frontrunner and considered Tampa's first choice.

If Boyle consents, there is a possibility the trade goes down today and Lightning management is said to be pushing for that.

However, Boyle won't waive his no-trade until he's talked to the team or teams involved and is comfortable with a move.