Boyle notched a power play assist in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Panthers. Although the assist came on the Rick Nash's overtime hat trick clinching goal, that's the veteran blue liner's first point in four games and just the fourth point of the season. Reportedly considering retirement and consistently in danger of watching from the press box, it's safe to say Boyle should remain in your free agent pool.
Boyle logged an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes. Although it's his first point in four contests and just his third point (all assists) of the season, the point is a reflection of Boyle's (plus-4 over the last three games) improved play of late. As long as Boyle's positive play continues, head coach Alain Vigneault may need to hold off alternating the veteran blue liner with bruiser Dylan McIlrath as the team's sixth defenseman.
Boyle will return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Boyle missed the past two games as he has become a top candidate to watch games from the press box whenever the Rangers need to go with a more physical, shutdown type of defenseman, like Dylan McIlrath.
Boyle will be a healthy scratch Tuesday night when the Rangers take on the Capitals, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. It appears the Rangers will go with a more physical blueliner in Dylan McIlrath against a Capitals team currently averaging the fourth-most goals per game (3.40).
Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's tilt against Winnipeg, reports Andrew Gross of The Record. The writing was on the wall last season as Boyle began to show signs of a final decline. With former first round pick Dylan McIlrath expected to bring a more physical presence, but a lack of power play expertise like the former, it will be interesting to see how the team performs. If you do own Boyle in some format, it's not quite time to abandon ship as the veteran comes with $4.5 million cap-hit and will likely play again. How he responds in his next appearance should determine your next step.
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