Garth's At It Again: Islanders Acquire Rights To Dan Boyle

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It appears the New York Islanders would like to get all of their shopping done before July 1.

Around 4:00 PM, Arthur Staple reported that Long Island's hockey team had acquired the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Shaks for a 2015 conditional 5th round pick - a power move by Isles general manager Garth Snow, who is clearly trying to build his roster before the UFA date that hasn't been very kind to him in years past.
Boyle recorded 36 points - 12 goals and 24 assists - in 75 games for the Sharks last season. While those types of numbers are nowhere near those he compiled in his younger days, that kind of production is still well beyond that of any Isles defenseman last season - Andrew MacDonald led the pack with 24 points in 63 games prior to being traded. His goal-total is also eight more than Thomas Hickey's grand-total of four, which also led all Islanders defensemen last season.
Oh, and was it mentioned yet that Boyle is a defenseman? Snow went out and acquired a defenseman that can still play the game at 38-years-old, and will be seen as a better option than many already on (or leaving) the roster, including Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek
And with Lubomir Visnovsky's indefinite injury, perhaps the Islanders also acquired a power play quarterback. Boyle scored six goals on the man-advantage in 2013-14, and has 66 power play tallies on his career. The Islanders power play, which finished 17th in the NHL, struggled, in part, because of the loss of their power play quarterback Visnovsky.  
Now, like they did with Halak a couple of weeks ago, the Islanders just have to sign him.
The former Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks defenseman won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2003-04. Boyle has collected 561 points - 144 goals, 417 assists - in 954 games, including a career-high 20 goals and 63 points in 2006-07.

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