Last night was another example of how important Brian Boyle is to the success of the Rangers. A game after Alain Vigneault foolishly took him off the fourth line in an attempt to find a match with Martin St. Louis, Boyle was back on Dominic Moore’s wing back checking, forechecking and maintaining puck possession in the Hurricanes end.
Boyle will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but yesterday he made his feelings known that New York is where he wants to be as he told Pat Leonard at the Daily News that he loves the city as well as the Rangers organization and hopes to re-sign here this summer.
Boyle currently makes $1.7 million per year.
The Rangers have told Boyle that want to wait until the offseason before they talk about an extension.
…as is always the case in the salary cap era, money will ultimately be the determining factor when it comes to Boyle’s return. While Boyle’s contributions are a big reason why the Rangers once again find themselves in the postseason, the organization has much bigger priorities this summer (ie Kreider, Zuccarello, Brassard, Pouliot, John Moore & Anton Stralman).
…my worry is that this will turn into a Prust redux, where the Rangers really want Boyle back but another team overpays for his services. I still maintain that if Boyle wants to remain a Ranger he’ll likely need to take a pay cut. Two of his linemates (D. Moore & Carcillo) are also UFAs at the end of the season, so if the Rangers are able to re-sign them at around $1M per year, that’ll likely make Boyle more expendable.
…i also feel Boyle is sincere regarding his statement about staying in New York. He’s been a guy who’s soaked in the New York lifestyle and seems to relish in it. Having said that, the last few years he’s seen his closest friends Prust and Del Zotto leave the team, so maybe he wouldn’t be adverse to a change in venue if he can’t get his price.