According to Adam Proteau of the Hockey News on Friday, the San Jose Sharks traded Canadian Olympic gold medalist Dan Boyle to the New York Islanders for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft. If Boyle were to re-sign with the Islanders, the pick would rise to a fourth round draft pick.
The Sharks have made it public they had no interest in re-signing Boyle, who has been with the Sharks since the 2008-09 season, and will be an unrestricted free agent next month. Boyle made $6.7 million last season in San Jose. In 75 games, Boyle had 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points, but was a -8. It was the first time in six seasons with the Sharks that he was a minus player.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Boyle won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In seven games, Boyle notched a goal and five assists for six points.
However it seems that age may have caught up to Boyle. At 38 years of age, there is no doubt he is on the downside of his career and it could be difficult for him to make the same type of money as he did last season.
There is a strong chance he will not end up on Long Island. The reason is because the Islanders are still in the process of rebuilding and it is more likely Boyle will want to re-sign with a Stanley Cup contender, an award he won with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
Whoever signs Boyle, he can still be an asset to a team that needs improvement on the power play. In 954 regular season games, Boyle has 66 power play goals and 215 power play assists for 281 power play points, according to TSN.