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About face on Boyle situation

Posted Jul 3, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 3, 2008 at 02:03 PM

The ever changing Internet world we delve into now is a change-of-a-dime entity, and there is no better proof of that than what happened in the past 30 minutes.

“They have asked me to waive’’ the no-trade clause, Boyle said.

Boyle did not want to discuss the specifics of when or how he was approached, or where they are asking him to move. The conversation was brief, but wanted to make sure the record was set straight.

This story will continue to develop as the day continues.

Here’s an indicator as to what the Lightning has in mind of what they fully intend to do with Dan Boyle. If you go to the Lightning homepage during the introduction of the new faces (and a couple of familiar ones), Boyle is not among those listed, which also includes Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone along with the likes of Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. But no mention of Boyle.

Reader Comments

Por (Geografer) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hang in there Danny - remember that the fans are behind you. JUST SAY NO!!!!

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Por (Ruthe Robertson) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This is why the fans should not be excited about the new ownership just yet. Remember, it’s business with them and they can come in and Rah Rah all they want to. But in reality, what have we got so far, two unproven defenseman, Kolzig and Vrbata. The only difference so far between now and last year is that we have two scoring lines instead of one. I believe Boyle is gone. Hopefully we can improve our defense in some other way.

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Por (joe) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Thank God !!!

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Por (Jordan G) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Lightning just signed some guy names Wyatt Smith…..I guess they need some people for Norfolk.

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Por (MC) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Beginning to count how much money I will save not driving 4 hours one way for games.

I hope the end result of all this is justifiable.

I wonder if OK is the real deal or just a couple of kids trading aroung player cards.

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Por (Justin) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What away to completely jack up everything that’s been done since draft day. I’d hate to say it but after the last forward they signed I started to lose a little bit of confidence in the ownership. Keep in mind that Lecavalier has not officially signed yet, If I were him i’d put the ownership in their place, and If Boyle is traded and I was Jay Feaster, i’d resign rather than be lumped together with this could-be classless ownership group. It’s not like they’ve given you any responsibility at this point.

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Por (Ruthe Robertson) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Has everyone seen the new introduction on the Lightning website?  “Players to excite us”, no mention of Dan Boyle. I think he is as good as gone.

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Por (Ernest Mauger) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Has anyone heard anything about Chris Gratton? I’ve checked the roster on the Lightning web site and he is not even listed.

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Por (Steve Burns) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Only one third of the team is listed, mostly the new guys. I don’t read much into that. Pretty cool video.

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Por (Geografer) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The thing is Steve is it is all the “big” players - both Vinny’s are listed, Marty is listed, heck even Craig is listed - but no Boyle.
Muy favorite is the Owners to Unite us - yeah - that ain’t working too well right now is it? You want to unite us this isn’t how you do it - you don’t trade Boyle.

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Por (Anita) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I noticed that Boyle was absent from the new intro as well but then realized that none of the d-men are listed.  He’s still on the main Lightning page. 

Ownership that treats players with this little respect is not a team I want to support.  It’s not about Boyle specially, though I think he’s a HUGE asset, it’s the the contract back peddling I have a problem with.

Does the ownership not care at all about the fan base?  I didn’t like the Richards trade but I understood it.  This one makes NO sense.

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Por (Bolts fan from DC) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I have to agree with just about everyone.  getting rid of Boyle would be a huge mistake.  it also would make the lightning once again a joke and at the bottom of the standings unless they get another quality defenseman.  it would also make the owners look like an absolute and utter joke to the fans and probably everyone out the in the hockey world.

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Por (Berliner) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Sometimes I wonder about the comments here. “But in reality, what have we got so far, two unproven defenseman, Kolzig and Vrbata.”
Add: Ryan Malone, one of the top 3 FAs available this year. Stamkos was a given, of course. Artyukhin. Roberts (great addition). Lecavalier now has a long-term contract. This is what they have done (so far).

I think Boyle is a great guy, but im not going to tell you that I wont be a Lightning fan if he isnt here (not to mention that no ones what we would get in return, and that Boyle is probably not defensively responsible enough for what this team needs). Im a Bolt fan first, a player fan second. I believe OK is doing everything necessary to make this team a winner and give us depth for years to come.

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Por (Justin) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If they sign another forward then OK hockey has definately lost credibility.

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Por (Geografer) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Berliner - this is not just about Danny. This is about a brand new contract that he has not even played a single game under and was given a no-trade clause for. OK was very involved in this and signed off on the contract. You don’t do that to anyone. Also you have them pulling crap like this - “Bazos, who explained he got a call Tuesday from “Lightning management” that he said indicated, “It’s not their intention to move Dan. They’re going to try to work out whatever they need to work out in other ways.” You don’t do that while talking trade. LOW CLASS!

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Por (kickedwards) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Dan Boyle is one of the premier defesemen in the NHL. I had hopes for the new ownership until I read all this about Danny. Anyone remember the last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show when they fired everyone except for Ted Baxter? Ring a bell, Feaster? They can’t sign Ollie the Goalie and let their best defenseman go! Say it ain’t so!!

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Por (Bob) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why in the world! Stupid mamnagement gets us all excited and then do this! You cant get rid of our best puck moving defensemen

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Por (Rhonda) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This team is a joke.  They sign a bunch of dregs to ridiculous contracts and then have to trade a key player to get under the cap?  Boyle should accept the trade and get out while he can.

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Por (MC) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

With all the comments issued by OK about Boyle, then this comes out, is smoke and mirrors that new (and first time) owners should never pull with a last place team.

See Stu Sternberg and the Rays for honesty and class.

Definitely bush league tactics…

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Por (Ken) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It would be a HUGE mistake to move Boyle… Forget about last year when he had the wrist problems, think about the 1st game he came back and went end to end AND scored… There’s ALOT of dead wood and stationary trees on the defence that they could dump AND not that many d-men like Boyle… OK, he’s not the second coming of ANY defencive d-man, but at least he can get it out of the zone to start the break… IF they move him (which I wouldn’t like to see) they better get ALOT for him and I would almost NEVER trade within the same conference.

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Por (Phil A. Lalli) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

When you get down to brass tacks, this is just a business- no matter how emotionally involved we as fans are with a player or team.  If OK Hockey decides after spending $200 million to buy the team that they need to take another direction with the defense, then they must have thought this through, since they knew it would obviously be met with open hostility from the longtime fans.
I love Danny Boy, but he is a defensive zone liability and if we are going to truly compete this year, and years to come, we need one or two knock ‘em on their ##### type d-men to make our zone a scary place for opposing teams.

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Por (Jordan G) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

TSN says that Boyle has asked for sufficient time to mull over his decision. They also say that San Jose is the frontrunner in the trade, and the Lightning’s first choice. I dont see who San Jose has that the Lightning could want. San Jose lacks defense, which is why they want Boyle, so it is unlikely that they would send defensemen in a trade….

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If Boyle is that great a defenseman, how come he can’t make the All Star game?  Or, why doesn’t he play for Team Canada?

It’s probably because there are that many out there better than he is defensively.

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Por (hockeyWa) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Then name those players….. Are you seriously evaluating a players ability by whether or not they play on a all-star team?

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Por (Justin) on July 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Chara?

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