The San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced Thursday that the club has acquired a conditional fifth-round draft selection in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange Dan Boyle’s negotiating rights.
If Boyle re-signs with the Islanders before the 2014-15 campaign, the draft will become a fourth-round selection.
It’s no news that the Sharks were not going to bring Boyle back next season. This was a move on behalf of the franchise to gain something from the situation prior to Boyle simply walking into free agency.
Boyle played 75 games this season, missing the others due to suffering a sever concussion in the middle of the regular season. Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points throughout his games played.
Boyle played a total of six years with the Sharks and was the all time leader in goals with 68, assists with 201 and a total of 269 points by a defenseman.
The staff and fans alike will be sad to see Boyle leave, however the Sharks are looking to create a more youthful team.
“I cannot say enough about the kind of guy he is, the player, everything that he brought to the table for us. An ultimate competitor,” Wilson said. “We’re going to go forward transitioning this team to the young players on the back end, but first and foremost there is a great appreciation for Dan.”
The 37 year old will likely have few choices so taking a deal with the Islanders may be the best route to go if he still wants to play. His game has suffered immensely since his concussion and he never really played the same again. Boyle has voiced, mostly jokingly, with Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda while joining them in the press box in the past, that he would like to transition into an on camera role if ever needing to retire from the ice. Whether or not this is true, he’ll have many decision to make this summer.