It worked for Jaroslav Halak, so the Isles are trying again -- acquiring impending free agent Dan Boyle from San Jose for a conditional 2015 draft pick (5th round if he doesn't sign, and 4th round if he does).
Boyle turns 38 in July; his 6 year/40M contract has expired and the Sharks announced that earlier that he would not be back.
After starting his career with the Panthers, Boyle was traded to Tampa Bay and was part of their 2004 championship team. The Bolts signed him to that 6 year extension but then traded him to San Jose on July 4, 2008 -- San Jose got their money's worth as he played in 431 of a possible 458 regular season games. The two-time All-Star also won gold for Canada at the 2010 Olympics.
The trade that sent him to San Jose from Tampa Bay had an Isles connection, or three:
<<July 4, 2008: Traded to San Jose by Tampa Bay with Brad Lukowich for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, San Jose's 1st round choice (later traded to Ottawa, later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Columbus, later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Kyle Palmieri) in 2009 Entry Draft and San Jose's 4th round choice (James Mullin) in 2010 Entry Draft, July 4, 2008.>>
Lukowich had played for the Islanders, and Ty Wishart later did. Trying to explain what happened to those draft picks would take too much time...and space .... but subsequent deals allowed the Isles to select Calvin deHaan.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
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