I took the quotes as him just itching to get back in the lineup. Nothing wrong with it IMO. I'd be more worried if he wasn't mad about sitting out. He knows his play up until that point led to the benching and he can't expect to get back into the lineup after two games like the Rangers just played.
Glad Boyle said what he did. Hope that fire under his ass keeps burning. I want to see him come back in the lineup pissed.
This made me lol.
Anywho, yeah i think Boyle is just trying to show that he's getting motivated and angry at himself for his recent play, or lack thereof. He's trying to get back into the line up, but with Miller playing well and Asham sniping like Ovechkin in his prime (relax kiddos, that was sarcasm) he'll find that fire under his ass is burning for longer than he had hoped.
his hits are more like rubs and hes the one that usually falls down
Boyle has his own reality distortion field. It's continually amazing to me how much people hate the guy for the effort he's given over the last few years. He's 6-7 and when he fights he folds like a cotton short sleeve. It's also true that he falls a lot. I find myself getting frustrated as well. But he's also laid out some pretty good hits. From my days of playing hockey, I can honestly say that I felt it when I hit people. Boyle hit 236 people last year. Don't get the hate. Never have.
If I may add…. I remember a couple of years ago him getting 20+ goals when Gabby was hurt and we needed someone to step up….. Him and Pruster on the PK over and over again… How many 90 MPH pucks did he step into and block? To say he’s a POS if not only incorrect but shows a lack of respect for what he has done for this team….. to me you sound like a bunch of spoiled kids…. But whatever…….
With Boyle, I think it's a similar situation to what Dubinsky dealt with last year: timing. Dubinsky couldn't afford to **** the bed offensively immediately after signing a big money contract with a team that was limited offensively.
Boyle couldn't afford to start out this slow during a lockout-shortened season (where the team also started off slow) when his role heading into the year may have been a little too big (undesirable 3C vs desirable 4C). If he started out average this year, but was poor from games 22-30, he probably doesn't get benched.
Boyle could score 0 goals, and his defensive play and PK would be decent justification for his salary. 1.7 million is next to nothing. Now if the time comes where we think the difference between 850k and 1.7 million will allow us to keep Gaborik, or Girardi? Sure. But not right now.
Halpern has shown a good bit here, but he is 36 and will not be around indefinitely.