Mar 11, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) holds San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (22) as he tries to control the puck behind Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Could The Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Dan Boyle?

The Toronto Maple Leafs might get some defensive reinforcements if some reports are to be believed. Dan Boyle, recently acquired by the New York Islanders, apparently has the Maple Leafs on his list of teams he would be interested in going to, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. It looks unlikely that Boyle wants to sign with the Islanders so he will more than likely hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.

Boyle would certainly be an asset to the Leafs. He might be nearing the end of his career, but it seems that he is one of the players that can continue to play at a high level until he retires. His experience would also help guide the Leafs’ young defensemen like Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner and any other prospects that make the team. If the Leafs hang on to Dion Phaneuf, bringing in Boyle would take some of the pressure off of Phaneuf.

The only problem is how much he will cost to bring in. Dreger mentions that Boyle wants a two-year deal but the money might be out of the Leafs’ price range. If the Leafs were to bring in Boyle, they would definitely have to shed some salary, probably Phaneuf’s $7 million.

There is not that many players in the free agent pool that will be making a big difference on their next team. Boyle is among the best available and the fact that he might be interested in coming to Toronto is almost shocking after the season they had. Boyle would give the Leafs defense instant credibility, which they desperately need. Hopefully the Leafs can get this done.

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11 Comments on NHL Free Agency: Could The Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Dan Boyle?

  1. Andrew says:

    Is Boyle an upgrade from Phaneuf? I think not. If Phaneuf were sent to Carolina for Jordan Stahl (maybe alongside Kadri), then I’d say the team got better, but adding Boyle alone and dropping Phaneuf (before considering any return for Phaneuf) makes the Leafs D much worse, not better.

  2. jimithy says:

    “instant credibility”, What!!!. One ‘twilight’ player will not change the fortunes of this train wreck. With the likes of ‘the sulk’ Kessel, and the ‘the dreamer’ Phaneuf , and ‘double trouble’ Kuleman and Gunnerson back for another skate around the ACC, sit back and witness another epic collapse.

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    • Tim Bayer says:

      Nobody’s saying he’s gonna do it all on his own. Signing him to a reasonable price would be a step in the right direction though.

      • jimithy says:

        It would be in the right direction for Boyle, to move from a 26th place team to a 23rd place team. And he did it all on his own. Reasonable prices in the NHL are astronomical prices to me and most of the population I’m sure.

        I was alluding to the instant credibility prediction from the writer. If he’s right, than the defense is fixed. Now it’s time to find someone to give the offense instant credibility to accomplish the impossible, win the Stanley Cup!

        • Tim Bayer says:

          I agree with you there.

        • Stan Smith says:

          The leafs have offense. That isn’t the problem. Keeping the puck out of their own net is the problem. If they want to make the playoffs they need to cut their goals against by .5 and to be a real contender a full goal.

  3. wileyvet says:

    Is there anything worse then having a Boyle on your back-end?!

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