Flyers Reportedly Interested in Sharks Dan Boyle
Tim Panaccio reports that the Flyers are interested in San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.
Boyle, 36, is possibly on the market depending on San Jose's mindset heading into the trade deadline on April 3. He has one more year left on his six-year, $40 million deal, meaning he would have a cap hit of $6.6 million next season.
Boyle has four goals and nine assists in 28 games this season.
The 5'10" blueliner was a once Stanley Cup champion in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Though he's past his prime, he's still a good puck-moving defenseman and would improve the blue line tremendously.
The problem is, the salary cap will diminish next year and the Flyers are already expected to be up against the cap wall after signing Kimmo Timonen to a one-year, $6 million extension last month.
Some money could be cleared up either this week or in the off season.
Danny Briere is scratched from tonight's lineup due to an injury, Paul Holmgren said. But there are rumors swirling he could either be dealt, or could be bought out at the end of the season.
There are others who don't think the Flyers are a playoff team, and a move like this will not only cripple them financially but cause them to unnecessarily cough up younger talent for an aging defenseman past his prime.