Lightning, Boyle agree to six-year pact

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2/25/2008 11:04:42 PM
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You can take Dan Boyle's name off the list of those who might be traded before tomorrow's 3pm et deadline.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the 31-year old defensemen to a six-year, $40 million dollar deal.

TSN has learned that the deal will pay Boyle $6.66 million per year for six years. The deal will include a no trade clause in the first four years and a modified no trade in years five and six.

"We are extremely pleased to have Dan back in the fold for the next six years," said Lightning GM Jay Feaster. "Our team and our fans have been able to witness first-hand, during Dan's injury and recovery, how tough it is to win without Dan in our line-up."

"As John Tortorella has consistently said, Danny is the player that makes our offense go from the back end, and this signing demonstrates the commitment of current and prospective ownership to ice a championship caliber team in Tampa."

Boyle, in his sixth season with Tampa Bay, won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2003-04.

"I am grateful that we were able to get the deal done today," added Boyle. "I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish here in Tampa over the past few years, including winning the Stanley Cup."

"And while this year may not have gone the way we have liked to this point, I am confident we can return to those winning ways very quickly. Otherwise, I would not have made the commitment to stay with the Lightning."

The native of Ottawa, Ontario has missed 45 games this year following wrist surgery. In 17 games this year, Boyle has 3 goals and 17 points.

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