The New York Rangers have a team built to contend for the Stanley Cup for at least a few more seasons, but 39-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle knows his time is limited.
Boyle won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and would like to win it again before his career ends.
"I'm 39 now and I don't know how much longer I've got," Boyle recently told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "As far as the team's window being open [to win the Cup], it certainly is, but mine is closing up pretty quickly. So I'm going to give it everything I have because you don't know how many more kicks at the can you're going to have."
Boyle's nine goals last season tied for the lead among Rangers defensemen, his 20 points were tied for third, and he had a plus-18 rating while averaging 20:14 of ice time in 65 regular-season games. His production picked up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he had three goals and 10 points in 19 games.
"Hopefully this season starts off like it ended last year," he said. "I think I was playing my best hockey down the stretch and in the playoffs. It was a combination of being healthy and comfortable with the style of play. I'd really like to continue with how I finished up."
He won't play Wednesday against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET, NHLN) in the Rangers' final preseason game but is expected to be paired with Marc Staal when the regular season starts Oct. 7 at the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
"It's a good mixture of young and old, good mixture of defensive-minded guys and more offensive-minded guys, and I think you need all of that," Boyle said of the Rangers' defense corps. "It's solid, and it seems like there are a few young guys that are coming up and knocking on the door, too. Looks like the organization is pretty solid all around on the back end."