Sharks trade Dan Boyle's rights to Islanders

Dan Boyle's days with the San Jose Sharks are officially over as the team traded his rights to the...

Dan Boyle's days with the San Jose Sharks are officially over as the team traded his rights to the New York Islanders. (QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

Dan Boyle’s time with the San Jose Sharks effectively came to an end when general manager Doug Wilson verbally cut the strings with the defenceman last month.

Boyle officially became an ex-Shark Thursday when he was traded to the New York Islanders for a conditional fifth-round NHL draft pick in 2015. The deal gives the Islanders a couple of weeks to talk contract with the 37-year-old, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

If Boyle re-signs with the Islanders, the Sharks will get a fourth-round pick.

Boyle was the top-scoring defenceman with San Jose last season, recording 12 goals and 24 assists in 75 games. In 954 career games, Boyle has 144 goals and 417 assists.

Wilson revealed in May that the Sharks would not pursue 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,” Wilson said at the time. “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.”


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