Dan Boyle might not want to be traded, but it sounds like some of the NHL’s boldest franchises are circling the San Jose Sharks defenseman.
First, word circulated that the New York Rangers might want to reunite the blueliner with John Tortorella. Now it sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers are getting in on the Boyle sweepstakes, too, according to CSNPhilly.com.
Both reports included a key caveat: the price needs to be reasonable (whatever that might mean).
Another important factor is that Boyle, 36, has one year remaining on his contract with a 2013-14 cap hit of $6.67 million. That means he would be a slightly longer fit than a typical “rental” player.
The Flyers might consider that a plus, despite his advancing age. The odds are seriously weighed against Philly to make the playoffs this season – Sports Club Stats gives them an 8.1 percent chance – so getting the benefit of an added season with Boyle is an important consideration, too.
With Brenden Morrow out of the mix, Boyle looks like one of the headliners of this year’s trade deadline rumor mill … whether he departs San Jose or not.
As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.
Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.
While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.
It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.
One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.
Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.
Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.
Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.