Offseason Thread Part IV - Let's Make A Deal
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07-30-2013, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by
Glen Sathers Cigar
Say what you want about Boyle, but he's not the problem. He's not one of the guys you should be looking to get rid of to free up a space for a kid, who may not be ready. Boyle is a leader, clearly liked and respected in the locker room, believe it or not he's part of the core group here and he absolutely elevates his play in the playoffs. Even this past season, which was his worst as a Ranger, he ended up being one of our best forwards in the playoffs. Players like Boyle are valuable because they can (believe it or not) play up and down the lineup and are versatile. Also, the way Boyle plays in very conducive to post season success, the games are dirtier, harder to score and such, Boyle keeps it simple, plays very much a north/south game and is big and strong. He's built for the playoffs and is a valuable member of the squad, not an expendable extra that should be mentioned with Powe, Asham and Pyatt. People seem to have selective memories.
Boyle on this team as a 4c/w and seeing some time as a 3c/w and being a main PKer is a great fit.
Definitely not part of the core and will likely be gone when his contract is up as these type of players always get significantly overpaid.
He definitely is not capable of playing up and down the lineup. He can play a good 4th line C or a bad 3rd line C. I would call Hagelin or Callahan a guy you could have play up and down the lineup in any role. Not Boyle.
Additionally he's expendable in a different way then Asham/Powe. Unlike the other two guys he 1. has a larger salary 2. can get something in a trade and 3. has an easy replacement (Moore). It's not people wanting to trade him for no reason but if someone HAS to go its something that should be explored.
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