Dan Boyle expected to announce retirement

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Dan Boyle is ready to call it a career.

The Sharks have announced a press conference for Wednesday, in which the veteran defenseman is expected to announce his retirement.

Boyle, 40, spent six of his 17 NHL seasons in the Bay Area, where he enjoyed some of the finest moments of his career. He captured gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and helped the Sharks advance to consecutive Western Conference finals.

Undrafted out of Miami (OH) University, Boyle broke in with the Panthers during the ’98-99 campaign and went on to compile a very impressive career. He captured a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, played in a pair of All-Star Games and was named to two NHL second All-Star teams.

All told, he finished with 605 points in 1093 contests and, in his prime, was one of the league’s better offensive defensemen.

Boyle finished his playing days with the Rangers. Last year, he scored 10 goals and 24 points in 74 contests for the Blueshirts and went out with a bang, infamously calling out a pair of New York reporters during his end-of-year media availability.