Report: Lightning pondering trade for Boyle’s rights

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From the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:

Boyle, of course, will not be back with San Jose next season. The Sharks made the decision to cut ties with the 37-year-old defenseman, despite his preference to stay with the club.

Tampa Bay could make sense for Boyle if the Lightning decide to cut their own ties with a veteran right-handed blue-liner — 39-year-old Sami Salo, who’s a pending unrestricted free agent.

Why might the Lightning be willing to give up an asset to acquire Boyle’s negotiating rights before July 1? Read this to find out.

Boyle won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2004. He was traded to San Jose in 2008.

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