Several teams made offers for defenseman Dan Boyle, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, Boyle has decided on signing a contract with the New York Rangers, likely leaving money on the table to do so. The Rangers signed Boyle to a 2 year / $4.5 million per year contract. The deal also includes a no movement clause.
Dan Boyle left a lot of money on the table elsewhere, really wanted to be with Rangers
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2014
While the Detroit Red Wings could have been a tempting destination to Boyle, neither the Leafs or Lightning are as close to the Rangers to being a Stanley Cup contender over the next two seasons. After enduring the disappointing post-season exits with the San Jose Sharks, Boyle wants to go to a team that is guaranteed to be in the running come playoff time next year.
Post has learned Rangers have signed Dan Boyle to two year deal worth $9M
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 1, 2014
Boyle totaled 12 goals and 24 assits (36 points) in 75 games with the San Jose Sharks last season. Boyle spent six seasons with the Sharks, his best season being 2009-10, where he totaled 58 points (15 goals, 43 assists). Boyle’s rights were traded to the New York Islanders at the 2014 NHL Draft for a conditional 5th round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. While Boyle’s agent George Bazos said they would be willing to negotiate with the Islanders, Boyle was going to keep his options open. Boyle did end up signing in New York, just in Manhattan instead of Long Island.