The Islanders acquired Boyle’s rights from the San Jose Sharks on June 5 in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. If Boyle were to re-sign with the Islanders, the pick would have become a fourth rounder.
General Manager Garth Snow evidently gave Boyle plenty to think about, offering the verteran blue liner a two-year contract. The two sides failed to come to an agreement, however.
“Garth’s done a great job, he’s kept us abreast of everything along the way, we understand he’s got to protect his interests,” said Boyle’s agent, George Bazos. “That being said, we haven’t closed the door on talking to them. The Islanders gave Dan a lot to think about.”
It’s widely rumored that the 38-year-old Boyle is looking for a multi-year contract with a Stanley Cup contender. It’s safe to assume that he will hit free agency and see what types of offers come his way before he makes a final decision. The Detroit Red Wings, who are looking to add a top-four puck moving defenseman to their lineup through free agency or via trade this summer, are heavily rumored to be interested in signing Boyle when he becomes a free agent July 1.
Next season will mark Boyle’s 17th in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was a member of the Canadian gold-medal team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.