Brian Boyle signs with Tampa Bay — three years, $6 million


Brian Boyle is off to Tampa Bay. The big 29-year-old forward has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Lightning after spending the last five seasons with the New York Rangers.

Boyle will be hoping he can play a larger role with “more responsibility” than the one he was given under Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Boyle scored just six time in 82 games during this past regular season, averaging 12:46 of ice time. He formed part of an effective fourth line for the Rangers in the playoffs, but “everyone obviously wants to score more goals.”

In 2010-11, Boyle scored a career-high 21 goals for the Rangers; however, he hasn’t approached that mark since.

Boyle will rejoin former New York teammates Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman in Tampa Bay.