The Lightning have signed Brian Boyle to a three-year deal worth $6 million.
Boyle gets a nice payday after a strong season and postseason where he had three goals and five assists (eight points) in 25 games. Boyle is a giant at 6-foot-7, 244 lbs. and brings a mix of size and skill to the Lightning.
Brian Boyle---who was forced out of Tuesday night's game against the Flyers due to an unspecified injury---was unable to practice Wednesday. The Rangers had no update on Boyle's condition.
Boyle said that he planned to meet with doctors on Wednesday to determine the nature of his injury, which seemed to be to his right leg and took place in the first period of Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Flyers. As a precaution to Boyle possibly missing Thursday's game with Florida, the Rangers recalled Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale.
Although its only one night, and a pre-season game at that, I just don’t get the feeling that using Boyle on the left wing of the top line would work out to the team’s advantage.
Coach Tortorella prefers to use Boyle as the team's third line center. Last season, the hulking center scored 21 goals and 35 points in his breakout campaign. His production could be a fantasy mirage but he was quite relevant last season.
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Boyle probably gets a look on that line before returning to centering Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko on the third line. Last season, the hulking center scored 21 goals and 35 points in his breakout campaign. His production could be a fantasy mirage but he was quite relevant last season.