Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Lightning

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 Jul. 2, 2019
Updated Jul. 2, 2019

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.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes his third NHL All-Star Game appearance Saturday in St. Louis. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    NHL all-stars and players around the league praise the Lightning goalie for his size and athleticism, and for making both desperation and “boring” saves.
  2. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, center, smiles as he is congratulated by teammate Steven Stamkos, left, and Erik Karlsson, right, after scoring a "no shot" goal for a hat trick during the NHL All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
    Embrace players’ creativity with a shootout competition and hockey H-O-R-S-E.
  3. Tampa Bay center Anthony Cirelli doesn't necessarily have All-Star Game flair, but his importance to  the Lightning is never in doubt. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The Lightning have too many stars for everyone to be an all-star and they aren’t the only team with that issue.
  4. FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, Gritty, performs during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Chris Greenwell has alleged that the mascot punched his 13-year-old son, Brandon, after a photo shoot in November. The Incident is under investigation. [DERIK HAMILTON                        |  AP]
    The Flyers mascot is accused of punching a 13-year-old “as hard as he could.”
  5. United States' Kendall Coyne skates during the Skills Competition, part of the NHL All-Star weekend, in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. [BEN MARGOT  |  AP]
    Diana C. Nearhos | Women’s hockey is at a crossroads as players try to figure out what kind of professional league they want.
  6. Vegas Golden Knights NHL hockey team general manager Kelly McCrimmon holds a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020. Head coach Gerard Gallant was fired less than two years after leading the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final. Peter DeBoer will be the coach for the rest of the season. [SEAN KILPATRICK  |  AP]
    Diana C. Nearhos | The NHL looks like musical chairs for coaches. Get to know Cedric Paquette.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrate after he beats Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) to score the first goal of the game during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The Lightning forward has hovered just below 20 goals for years and finally reached the mark Friday.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) leads the celebration as players contratulate right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) after he beat Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) to tie the game 3-3 in the final moments during third period action at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 in Tampa. The Lightning went on to win 4 to 3 in the shootout.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Tampa Bay went from sixth place in the Atlantic Division to second behind a 10-game win streak.
  9. Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) gets beaten by a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) as Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) looks on during first-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. [JOHN WOODS  |  AP]
    Tampa Bay pours on the goals with seven total, including two from Nikita Kucherov.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) celebrates his goal, the first of the game, along with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) and center Tyler Johnson (9) beating New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Tampa Bay also reassigned Alex Volkov to AHL Syracuse as Pat Maroon returned to the lineup.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement