Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

The New York Islanders are shopping the negotiating rights to defenseman Dan Boyle.

The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights from the San Jose Sharks, but they haven't been able to convince him to sign with them so far. Boyle is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

Dan Boyle's agent said his client doesn't have a timetable when it comes to when he'll make his intentions known to the Islanders.

New York acquired Boyle's rights from San Jose in the hope of signing him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Islanders might attempt to trade him again if they can't ink him in the next week or so.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

Dan Boyle is reportedly interested in signing with Toronto.

Darren Dreger of TSN reports: "The Toronto Maple Leafs are high on Dan Boyle's list. ... Boyle wants a two-year deal, and the money might be more than the Leafs are willing to pay but they definitely have interest." He's expected to tell the Islanders his intentions at some point this week, but he appears to be leaning towards testing the open market.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

Dan Boyle will reportedly inform the Islanders of his plans by the end of the week.

It seems a longshot that Boyle will want to sign with the Isles despite the fact the team gave up a conditional 5th round pick to acquire his rights since the veteran blueliner has sights set on playing with a contender to close out his career. Look for him to test the free agents waters on July 1st.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

There's reportedly "a very slim to no chance" that Dan Boyle signs with the New York Islanders.

Andy Strickland reports that the veteran defenseman wants to play for a contending squad at this stage in his career. However, he still plans to give New York a fair look before he is able to test the market on July 1. The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights from San Jose for a conditional 2015 fifth-round draft pick last week.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

Dan Boyle's agent, George Bazos, said that Islanders GM Garth Snow has spoken with him and the veteran defenseman he represents.

"We're all just at the beginning stages of everything," Bazos said. "I can say Dan originally was willing to keep all options open. Obviously the Islanders are a young, fast, exciting team. But until we really start to talk more in-depth, it'd be impossible to categorize that." New York is obviously hoping to sign him before he can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but until the trade was announced Boyle didn't even know the Islanders were interested in him. The trade for his negotiation rights was struck on Thursday afternoon.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

The New York Islanders have acquired Dan Boyle's rights from San Jose for a conditional 2015 5th-round draft pick.

The selection becomes a 4th rounder if Boyle signs. The Sharks announced that they wouldn't be bringing back Boyle about a month ago and he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The veteran defenseman recorded 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games this past season.

Dan Boyle D NYR 4 Months

Dan Boyle said San Jose's decision to let him walk as a free agent was "devastating."

"I've been here for six years, and I was clear that I wanted to be back here," he said. "I loved it here. Pretty tough news to take, but when you lose the way we did, you figured changes would need to be made." The veteran defenseman said he was expecting it "a little bit," but it obviously didn't help soften the blow very much. He amassed 68 goals and 269 points in 431 games as a Shark, including 12 goals and 36 points in 75 contests last season. Boyle shouldn't have a problem finding interested suitors as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Dan Boyle D NYR 5 Months

The San Jose Sharks were interested in bringing Dan Boyle back if he agreed to a one-year deal.

Boyle, who will turn 38 in July, wanted a two-year deal and neither side backed down. San Jose has announced that Boyle will not be back, so he will have to test the free agent market.

Dan Boyle D NYR 5 Months

Pending free agent Dan Boyle will not be a member of the Sharks next season, according to GM Doug Wilson.

Speaking via conference call to a number of media members Thursday, Wilson confirmed that Boyle was not in the team's future plans, making it a virtual certainty that he'll be wearing another team's colors next season. Given how many years he has spent in San Jose teal, it will be strange to see him on another club.