When free agency opened on Tuesday, the Blueshirts were quick to bolster their blueline. The New York Rangers signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year contract. While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is reportedly worth $4.5 million per season.
"Dan is an experienced player. He's been an elite player for a long time," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "He's going to help us on the power play, he's been able to log important minutes on a pretty good team in the last couple of years. We're really happy to have him"
The 37-year-old Boyle spent last season with the San Jose Sharks, scoring 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games. He added four assists in seven playoff games, as the Sharks fell in the first round to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
In New York, he will now be reunited with his longtime teammate Martin St. Louis. The two played together with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2002-2008, capturing the Stanley Cup in 2004. St. Louis was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Lightning last season.
The team also re-signed free agent forward Dominic Moore on Tuesday. Moore had 18 points in 73 games for the Rangers last season, adding eight points in 25 playoff contests. He was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after the season, given annually to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
The team also made a flurry of depth signings on Tuesday, bringing in forwards Tanner Glass and Chris Mueller, defensemen Matt Hunwick, Michael Kostka and Steven Kampfer, and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
The team also signed forward Chris Bourque to a one-year deal on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Bourque spent last season split between Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL and EHC Biel of the Swiss NLA. His younger brother Ryan Bourque is a prospect for the Rangers, and is currently a restricted free agent. They are the sons of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.