Islanders trade for rights to Dan Boyle
Sharks receive conditional draft pick in exchange for impending UFA
The New York Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to potential free agent defenceman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional pick in next year's draft.
The 37-year-old Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Sharks will receive a fifth-round pick from New York, but that will bump up to a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders before next season.
Boyle earned just under $7 million with the Sharks this season. He led the club's defencemen with 36 points and 12 goals in 75 games and added four assists in San Jose's first-round, seven-game playoff loss to Los Angeles.
In 954 regular-season NHL games over 15 years with Florida, Tampa Bay and San Jose, Boyle has 144 goals and 417 assists.