Mar 8, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (22) takes a shot on goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers - Dan Boyle The Best Free Agency Pickup?

When the New York Rangers signed Dan Boyle, I was very excited to hear about it. The thirty-eight year old offensive-defenseman will be a New York Ranger for two years, and in those two years a big portion of the teams offense will come from him. Boyle will easily add at least twenty points a year, it’s going to be really fun watching him play.

Dan Boyle was signed by the Florida Panthers on March 30th, 1989. Going undrafted, this may have been Boyle’s only shot at playing in the NHL. During his last season with the Panthers he posted only 6 points. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 5th round draft pick.

During the NHL Lockout of 04-05, Boyle went and played in the Swedish Elite League. He played with the Lightning for 3 more seasons, until he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Lukowich on July 4th, 2008. Boyle then became a huge player in San Jose. After the 13-14 NHL season, Boyle was unable to agree with the Rangers long time rival, the New York Islanders. Trying Free Agency, Boyle agreed to terms with the Blueshirts. So what exactly with Dan Boyle bring to the team?

  1. Offense from the Blue Line
  2. Top 4 defense
  3. Leadership
  4. Team moral
  5. Dedication

Boyle will aid in the team’s offense this season. Adding assists, goals, and keeping the puck in deep, I think the Rangers offense will increase a good bit. In the past 6 NHL Seasons, Boyle has had at least 20 points, including 4 seasons scoring more than 50 points and one year going over 60 points, pretty consistent over the years. 

The probability of Boyle getting paired with Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal is very high. We have our top line with Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonaghand also our third line with John Moore and Kevin Klein. Losing Anton Stralman opened up a spot, which is now covered by Boyle. Staal and Boyle will go together perfectly, and Staal will learn more from the offensive minded Boyle.

Being in the NHL for years comes with benefits. Some of that is leadership, which Boyle has. The young players in the locker room will look up to him, players like Chris Kreider, John Moore, and Carl Hagelin will learn from the crafty veteran. He’ll also lift the team spirits up as well. He’s not a big guy, logging in at 5’11”, but he’ll always stick up for his team mates.

Lastly, Dan Boyle is going to be a dedicated Ranger. Whoever puts on the blue sweater, plays with heart every single night. The player is always ready when duty calls. Number 22 will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Coming to a new team with friends will only help a player. Boyle is very good friends with fan favorite Martin St. Louis. Boyle said of St. Louis to Rangers Rants,”There’s a lot of talk between his age and my age. Marty and I will only thrive.”  Boyle and St. Louis and the rest of the Rangers will play hard next year, going hard for one thing and one thing only – a Stanley Cup.

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