There had been a lot of pessimism that Boyle would be interested in signing with the Islanders, electing to go to the market instead while the Isles remained hopeful that perhaps something could be worked out. That time has apparently passed as Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports the Isles are now the team looking to trade Boyle's rights before July 1.
Isles GM Garth Snow says he's now shopping Dan Boyle's rights, having been unable to sign the pending UFA defenseman...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 18, 2014
In the end it's not going to work out but it was still a good move from Isles GM Garth Snow and worth a shot. All it cost the Islanders was a conditional fifth-round pick in which certainly the conditions were based on if the Isles could sign him. That's hardly a big price to pay and so it not working out isn't the end of the world.
Still, it's hardly the result the Islanders were hoping for. A veteran defenseman who can put up points would have been a great fit for the Isles after upgrading the last line of defense with Jaroslav Halak.
Part of Boyle's reasoning, you figure, has to be an interest to win. The Islanders should be better based on the move to Halak in net alone but they still are no playoff lock and certainly won't be a true contender. At 38, you can't blame Boyle if he'd like the shot to win the Stanley Cup before hanging up the skates.
Last season in San Jose, Boyle had 12 goals and 24 assists in 75 games but the Sharks announced after the season that he wouldn't be returning.