Boyle picked up an assist in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Florida. His line was the only bright spot in the game for the Leafs -- nothing else went right. Boyle has two points in seven games since joining the Leafs, but his value comes from leadership on this young squad. That limits Boyle's fantasy value -- there's no way to measure that stat.
Boyle was brought in from the Lightning on Monday in exchange for Byron Froese and a 2017 second-round pick. The Leafs are coming out of an extensive rebuild, which means they are an extremely young team. Adding a veteran like Boyle will only serve to strengthen their chances of holding on to a wild-card spot. Although the center's contributions don't always show up in the stat lines -- just four points in his last 11 outings -- his rough and tough style of play should help open up time and space for Toronto's core group of talented youngsters. Unless he re-signs, Boyle will be a free agent after the 2016-17 campaign and figures to be a short-term rental.
Boyle, who becomes a UFA on July 1, has been linked to several teams in a possible trade. He earns $2 million and has 100 playoff games to his credit, so Boyle would be a great add for a team that's headed to the postseason. The Lightning appear to have thrown in the towel with Sunday's deal that sent Ben Bishop to L.A., so Boyle could be next. He has 13 goals and 22 points in 54 games this season.
Boyle scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 win against the Ducks on Saturday. The goal doesn't count toward his totals, but it underscores his clutch value to the Bolts. Boyle is an important role player and face-off man for Tampa Bay, but his overall production is never high.
Boyle (lower body) is set to make his return to the lineup Thursday at home against the Sabres, Bryan Burns of tampabaylightning.com reports. Boyle was activated off injured reserve Thursday and appears Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is wasting no time in getting him back in the lineup. The 32-year-old will join Valtteri Filppula and Jonathan Drouin on the first line as they look to find twine against Buffalo's 14th ranked defense (2.63 GA/GP).
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