According to TSN, the New York Rangers have signed Canadian Olympic gold medalist Dan Boyle from the New York Islanders to a two year contract worth $9 million on Tuesday. Boyle, an unrestricted free agent, never played for the Islanders as he was traded from the San Jose Sharks to the New York Islanders for a conditional fifth round draft pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft on June 5, 2014, and was signed by the Rangers less than a month later.
A defenseman, Boyle won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Boyle is known for his outstanding shot on the power play. He has 66 power play goals in his career.
Last season with the San Jose Sharks, Boyle had 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points. He also had 18 power play points, one game winning goal, 32 penalty minutes and 154 shots on goal a Sharks team that finished second in the Pacific Division with 111 regular season points.
While the Rangers signed Boyle, they lost Canadian Olympian Brad Richards, who signed a one year deal worth $2 million with the Chicago Blackhawks. Richards will be making significantly less money this season as he was in the process of a nine year deal worth $60 million with the Rangers before being bought out of his contract last month.
The Rangers also lost checking line forward Benoit Pouliot, who signed a five year deal worth $20 million with the ever rebuilding Edmonton Oilers. Pouliot, a left winger, had 36 points last season and will be counted on in Edmonton for strengthening the Oilers checking lines, which have struggled in recent years.
The Rangers will be hoping that Boyle helps the franchise return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year. This past season they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.