1/6/21 | 7PM: According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, the Rangers have reached out to former Ranger and current UFA Brian Boyle.
Brooks writes that there isn’t anything imminent with Boyle and that the Rangers are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with their young forwards. (NY Post)
He also writes that “several” teams have been in touch with Boyle. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Boyle would fit needs in the faceoff circle, on the fourth line and with team leadership. (NY Post)
Boyle, 36, played 355 regular season and 58 playoff games for the Rangers between 2009 and 2014.
He played in 39 games for Florida last season, averaging 12:23 per game and 52.4% on faceoffs.
Adam Rotter: Brian Boyle makes sense, but he also doesn’t make sense for the Rangers. It’s never a bad thing, especially for young players, to have guys like Boyle around that work hard, and set examples on and off the ice. The Rangers don’t have many of them anymore, or at least ones that have the experience that Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Jesper Fast had. He could certainly hold down a spot on the fourth line, kill penalties and potentially be someone the Rangers trust with late-game faceoffs. That said, the Rangers are slated to be the youngest team in the league for a reason and they likely want to see Morgan Barron and/or Brett Howden fill that role. Kevin Rooney was signed to be a potential fourth-line center and penalty killer, so he would certainly be in the mix as well.