Former Lightning forward Brian Boyle looking for a new city

Twitter went crazy Sunday evening over his latest tweet.
Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Published July 2

TAMPA — If Brian Boyle’s latest tweet is a cruel joke to Tampa Bay fans that he’s heading to Montréal, Lightning fans will probably go into shock.

The unsigned forward posted a picture of him donning a Tampa Bay Rays baseball cap sitting on the patio with his son overlooking their backyard Sunday afternoon on his personal Twitter. He captioned it with “What new city should we go to pal?”

The Tampa Bay Rays quickly responded to the former Lightning forward, telling him, “The hat says it all, Brian."

Boyle finished out the 2018-19 season with the Nashville Predators after getting traded in February from the New Jersey Devils. Before his 1.5 season stint with the Devils, Boyle played a brief 21 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The near three-year Lightning veteran closed out his time in Tampa Bay in February 2017, where he was traded to Toronto for center Byron Froese and a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Lightning fans quickly flooded the thread asking the former Tampa Bay forward to come back to the 813.

One Lightning fan was quick to point out that despite the fact Boyle was wearing a Rays baseball hat, he should be inclined to come back to the Lightning and not go to the Canadiens, like recent Rays news suggests with the team looking at splitting its home season between Tampa Bay and Montréal.

TSN reporter Pierre LeBrun tweeted Friday that five to six teams are interested in the 34-year-old forward, one of those teams being the Edmonton Oilers.

Boyle has posted 124 goals and 96 assists in 766 regular season games in his 12-year career. He is the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy-winner, annually awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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