On Thursday June 5th, the San Jose Sharks traded the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle to the New York Islanders for a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Boyle, who is set to hit unrestricted free-agency on July 1st, will either have to sign with the Islanders or take his chances in the open market. His decision will determine which pick the San Jose Sharks get in the 2015 Draft. If Boyle decides to sign with the Islanders, the San Jose sharks will receive a 4th round draft pick, however, if he decides to test free-agency the Sharks will receive a 5th round draft pick.
Boyle was the top defenseman on the Sharks roster putting up 36 points in 75 games played and an additional four assists in the playoffs this season. Boyle, who played six seasons with the San Jose Sharks, is an all-time leader among defenseman with 68 goals and 201 assists for a total of 269 points. He has also played for the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay lightning before becoming a Shark. Overall, Boyle has 144 goals and a total 561 points in the 954 career games played.
It is being said that the Ottawa native wanted at least a two year contract but the Sharks weren't willing to go forward with the 37 year old veteran. A two year contract is something that the Islanders could be looking to accommodate with all of the issues they have had on the back check. With all of the defensive injuries the Islanders had last season, they needed to come into this off-season looking to strengthen the blue line.
The first addition the Islanders made to repair a defense with many holes was acquiring former Washington Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak. If they ink Dan Boyle to a deal that satisfies both parties, they will already be on the right track to building a successful team for their last season in the Nassau Coliseum before heading to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York.