The New York Islanders have acquired the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional draft pick. The condition is that if Boyle chooses to sign with the Islanders, San Jose will receive a fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. If Boyle does not sign with the Islanders, San Jose will receive a fifth round pick in the same draft.
This is a very smart move by Isles GM Garth Snow, who previously acquired the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fourth round pick this year. Snow signed Halak to a four-year contract worth $18 million shortly after acquiring him. If Snow can sign Boyle, it will be a tremendous help to the Islanders young defensive core, which has been notoriously bad over the past few seasons.
Boyle is 37 years old, and would be a great mentor to young defensemen such as Calvin DeHaan and Griffin Reinhart. Currently, the Islanders best defenseman is Travis Hamonic, but he is still young at 23 years old, and adding a solid veteran to the blueline would take a lot of pressure off of him. It’s still not a done deal for New York, however, as they still have to sign Boyle.
As I said, he is 37 years old and has won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Because of his age, Boyle might not choose to stay with the Islanders, as he doesn’t have a lot of time left in his career, and he could choose to sign with a better team so that he can win another Cup.
Even if Snow can’t ink Boyle to a contract, it will still be a good move by him, as it shows he is aware of his team’s weaknesses and is trying to do everything he can to fix them. Stay tuned for more coverage of trades and signings here on Too Many Men on The Site.