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Boyle's rights traded by Sharks to Islanders for pick

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 4:03 PM NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks traded the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

If Boyle, 37, signs with the Islanders prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Islanders will instead send their 2015 fourth-round pick to the Sharks.

In 75 games this season, Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points, and four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. With the Sharks looking to get younger, general manager Doug Wilson said last month the team would not be offering Boyle a contract.

"I cannot say enough about the kind of guy he is, the player, everything that he brought to the table for us. An ultimate competitor," Wilson said of Boyle. "We're going to go forward transitioning this team to the young players on the back end, but first and foremost there is a great appreciation for Dan."

Boyle spent the past six seasons with the Sharks, and is their all-time leader in goals (68), assists (201) and points (269) by a defenseman; his 431 games are seventh.

In 15 NHL seasons with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Sharks, Boyle has 144 goals and 561 points in 954 games. He's fourth among active defensemen in goals and points.

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