According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, there is “considerable interest” by numerous NHL general managers in Brian Boyle.
Although Boyle has had a miserable season – only one goal, one assist – he has the intimidating size and frame that Stanley Cup contending teams want.
Boyle had 17:40 in last night’s game, and has spent the majority of this season on the third line.
“I don’t have any control over it one way or another, so there’s no sense in worrying about it,” Boyle told The Post. “I haven’t had the season I’ve wanted up until now, but I hope I stay here.”
“I certainly don’t want to go anywhere, but it’s out of my hands,” Boyle continued.
Brooks speculates that the Rangers will seek a strong offensive-defenseman by the NHL trade deadline of 3pm tomorrow in return. With Marc Staal still out indefinitely, it is one of their biggest weaknesses right now: defensive depth that can carry a team deep into the postseason.
Boyle is in his fourth season as a Ranger, and his breakout season of 2010-11 with 21 goals and 14 assists seems like a distant, faded memory that likely will never return.
Time will tell what happens for Boyle, but either way his time with New York is likely coming to an end. He has one year remaining on his contract, worth $1.7 million.