Dan Boyle to retire as a Shark


Dan Boyle

Dan Boyle is congratulated by Marc Staal and Tanner Glass following his big goal that proved to be the winner in the Rangers’ hair raising 4-3 win over the Caps to take Game 6. AP Photo by Nick Wass/Getty Images

Dan Boyle won’t be fondly remembered for his time spent on Broadway. It didn’t work out for the proud American who will announce his retirement at a press conference as a Shark. A more fitting conclusion than the way his two-year run as a Ranger ended with him shouting and cursing out New York Post troll Larry Brooks.

For a player who went undrafted, Boyle became one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL. After hardly sticking with the Panthers, he found a home with the Lightning. Under John Tortorella, he flourished in an offensive system helping patrol the blue line as part of a Stanley Cup championship in ’03-04. At one time, Tortorella emphasized a Safe Is Death philosophy that worked perfectly.

Boyle was front and center on the defense contributing big numbers that included a 13-goal, 53 point season, a 15-goal, 53 point season and a career best 20-goal, 63 point season. In ’04, he skated in 78 contests tallying nine goals and 30 assists while adding 2-8-10 in 23 playoff games to help the Lightning win their only Stanley Cup. He logged big minutes and played hurt.

After lasting half a dozen years in Tampa, he was traded to San Jose where he also spent six seasons. Continuing to produce for the Sharks, Boyle added three consecutive 50-point seasons along with a 48-point campaign. That also included a playoff best 16 points (4-12-16) in the 2011 postseason that saw the Sharks reach the Western Conference Final.

Following ’13-14, he signed a two-year deal with the Rangers. Looked at to improve the power play, Boyle was up and down. After not finding his groove in the regular season during ’14-15, he was one of their best performers registering three goals and seven assists in a deep run to the Eastern Conference Final. In scoring 10 goals during his final season, it marked the seventh time during his career that he totaled at least 10 goals-or-more. Seven times, Boyle had at least 40-plus points. He also went over 30 in nine seasons.

Boyle finishes his career with 163 goals, 442 assists totaling 605 points in 1093 games. He went 17-64-81 in 130 playoff games.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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