Boyle would be interested in Tampa; is feeling mutual?
Veteran Dan Boyle is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agent defensemen come July 1.
The former Lightning standout has received inquiries already from more than a half dozen teams, though Tampa Bay isn't one of them. At least, not yet.
And if the Lightning does call, Boyle, 37 would be interested, according to agent George Bazos.
"At this point Dan is going to be open to all options," Bazos told the Times. "All I can say I know he loves it down there. Winning the Cup and everything down there could be one of the highlights of his career."
Boyle, who played for Tampa Bay from 2002-2008, still owns property in the area. Whether he ends up moving back here remains to be seen. The Lightning has been trying to find a puck-moving defenseman like Boyle since he was traded to San Jose in 2008. Obviously Boyle is not the same player he was 10 years ago, but he had 12 goals and 24 assists (and a minus-8) in 75 games last season for San Jose.
Boyle could still quarterback the power play, and is a strong skater who can help the transition game. He's a right-handed shot, which the Lightning lacks. However, Boyle is reportedly seeking a two-year deal, and the risk is that any contract signed by a player 35 or over counts against the team's salary cap, regardless of whether the entire deal is played out.
The Leafs and Rangers are reportedly two of the teams that have shown interest so far. Wouldn't be surprised if the Lightning at least check in with him before it's over.