After a two-year stint with the New York Rangers, defenseman Dan Boyle had some choice words for a few select members of the local media.
“Nobody likes you,” Boyle said to New York Post reporter Larry Brooks. “Nobody respects you. Just so you know.”
Boyle and the rest of the New York Rangers were on hand to clear out their lockers and conduct exit interviews following an abrupt—and disappointing—end to their season at the hand of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a five-game series. When Boyle engaged with the media scrum, he immediately called out Brooks, saying, “I don’t want him here.” Brooks responded, “What? You know, the feeling’s mutual, man.”
Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski captured the rest of the exchange:
“At least I’m leaving here with the respect of my teammates,” said Boyle. “Instead of [expletive] someone like you, who tries to bury somebody. That’s all you do. It’s not a critique. I’m telling you I don’t want you here. I have no respect for you. I want you to get the [expletive] out.”
“I don’t care what you think,” said Brooks.
“I can tell you to get the [expletive] out if I want to!” said Boyle, his voice now raised.
“You can, but I don’t have to listen to you,” said Brooks.
“Yeah, ya do!” said Boyle. “I want him out. And that other [expletive] clown, Brett, or whatever the [expletive] his name is. Where’s he at? Everyone else is fine. I want him out. It’s my right.”
Rangers staff stepped in to calm the scene down, and suggested Boyle not speak to the media at that time.
“Can they not all stay here? I have tons of respect for some of these guys. I just don’t want him here. That should be fine,” said Boyle.
According to Wyshynski, the “Brett” referred to in Boyle’s tirade is Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
The 39-year-old defenseman likely won’t be re-signed by the Rangers, leaving him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.