According to Katie Strang of ESPN sources have confirmed that the New York Rangers are interested in San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. The Sharks are currently sitting at 8th in the west which isn’t the most comfortable place to be but doesn’t necessarily require them to make big moves, though it has been said that there are and handful of guys they will give up for the right price.
The problem with Boyle is his 6.6 million dollar cap hit, if the Sharks do trade him to the Rangers they will need to absorb some of that for sure. With another year left on his contract Boyle is not a rental player. Boyle however has a limited no-trade clause and it is not known as of yet if the Rangers are on his eight team no-trade list. Boyle was asked about trade rumors by the media:
“This is where I want to be. I don’t want to be anywhere else,” Boyle told Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday morning in Edmonton. “It’s not fun to hear that.”
As for what the Rangers will be giving back, the Sharks are looking for youth and the Rangers may not be willing to give up their young prospects. Strang noted that Marian Gaborik might add some much needed speed to Sharks line up. However even though the Rangers are open to trading him it won’t be a decision they come to lightly as he is coming off a 41 goal season. He also carries a heavy cap hit of 7.5 million.
Based on what Strang is saying I think we may end up seeing a straight up Gaborik for Boyle trade. It would make sense for both teams financially given the players cap hits. It also makes sense on a play level where both teams stand to gain something they are looking for.