Breaking: Dan Boyle Traded To Islanders, Will Still Test Free Agency

Boyle fires a shot on goal. (zimbio)

Boyle fires a shot on goal. (zimbio)

Dan Boyle is a New York Islander! At least until he signs with another team on July 1st. The full deal is Boyle to NYI in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. If Boyle re-signs with the Isles, the pick becomes a fourth-rounder in the 2015 draft.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson made something out of nothing after announcing they would not re-sign the 37-year-old Boyle. One has to wonder what Isles GM Garth Snow is thinking?

The San Jose Mercury Sun was able to reach Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, and get this quote:

“I can say Dan originally was willing to keep all options open,” Bazos said, going back to last month when Boyle learned the Sharks would not be bringing him back. “Obviously the Islanders are a young, fast, exciting team. But until we really start to talk more in-depth, it’d be impossible to categorize that.”

Meaning, Dan Boyle has no real interest in playing for an upstart team at the age of 37! FTHN Magazine has learned that Boyle was devastated when the Sharks announced they would let him walk. Friends of Boyle told us he grew excited at the prospects of signing with a contender closer to home in the East.

Rumors have linked him to the Bruins, Capitals and the New York Rangers. In addition, he has also considered the prospects of playing for his hometown team the Ottawa Senators.

Bottom line, we would be stunned if:

A. He didn’t go to free agency

B. Opted to sign with any team not in contention (except for Ottawa)

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