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05-28-2012, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Boom Boom Geoffrion View Post
Boyle is a fine 4th line center. Solid on faceoffs, plays hard, is great on PK. Can also chip in offensively. Only a fool would have a problem with him playing there. Fools with unrealistic expectations.

Prust isn't worth a 1.7m salary, but he's a great teammate who excels on the PK, has speed, and isn't too shabby of a hockey player. If both of these guys play on the 4th line where they deserve, they're fine.
The problem with Boyle are his wheels. Specifically his inability to turn. On top of that he has no hands. Boyle can single handedly kill plays on the transition or completely end an effective cycle just by touching the puck. He is a black hole offensively.

Because of his poor skating, he is a mediocre forechecker because he cannot react when he commits to a hit. He is willing to throw his body, but he isn't all that effective in gaining the puck from the forecheck. Many times he gets caught WAY out of position because he overcommits.

Won't argue with his PK ability, he is very good. But he is getting paid 1.7 million a year to be a 4th liner/pk specalist. That doesn't work on so many levels and is gross overpayment. IMO, the team would be better off riding themselves of Boyle, and bringing a true third line center. Give the 4th line to some kids in Hartford for less money.

I think, like Torts, people have gotten enamored with Boyle's character/effort and not the actual hockey player. As a hockey player, he is a marginal one at best.

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