NHL notes: Sharks' Dan Boyle 'devastated' to leave

Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle won't be in San Jose. (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle won't be in San Jose. (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

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Defenceman Dan Boyle said Friday he is “devastated” he would not be returning to the San Jose Sharks next season.

The 37-year-old told CSN Bay Area that he wanted to return to San Jose despite being an unrestricted free agent but was expecting to be let go after another early playoff exit by the Sharks. General manager Doug Wilson said Thursday that Boyle and forward Martin Havlat would be cut loose.

“I was clear that I wanted to be back here and I loved it here,” Boyle said. “It can still be pretty tough news to take, but when you lose like we did, you figure that changes are going to be made. Part of me thought this could happen.”

Despite his age, Boyle should get interest as a UFA. The Detroit Red Wings are in the market for a puck-moving veteran defenceman and Boyle fits the bill.

In 75 games this season, Boyle had 12 goals and 24 assists.

FLYERS’ GUSTAFSSON GONE

Restricted free agent defenceman Erik Gustafsson won’t be returning to the Philadelphia Flyers after signing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL Friday, according to Sports.ru.

Gustafsson played 31 games for the Flyers this season and was often a healthy scratch. He had two goals and eight assists during the regular season.

“I spoke with Erik today and he informed me that he does, in fact, have a deal in place to play overseas,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “Although we are disappointed in his decision, we wish him all the best.”

The Flyers will reportedly extend a qualifying offer to Gustafsson so they can hold on to his NHL rights if he returns from the KHL.

The 25-year-old Swede was signed by the Flyers in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan.

JACKETS SIGN FIRST-ROUNDER

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed 2013 first-round draft pick Alexander Wennberg to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday.

The 19-year-old centre, picked 14th overall last summer, had 16 goals with Frolunda of the top Swedish league this season.

“In talking to Alexander after the season, he made it very clear that he wanted to sign, work hard this summer and then come to training camp to try to make our team,” Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a release. “He is an outstanding young player and we are excited to watch him develop in the coming years.”

 


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