In his last year as a San Jose Shark, Dan Boyle played 75 games, seven games short of the full 82-game schedule.
In those 75 games, he scored 12 goals and notched 24 assists, all-in-all totaling only 36 points. He finished off the regular season with a -8 rating.
If there was anyone who really wanted to help provide the leadership this team needed, it was Dan Boyle. If there was anyone more brutally honest in answering the media’s questions, it was always Boyler. He was the one leader in the locker room and out on the ice whom his young team mates looked up to. He gave it his best every shift. He put in every bit of effort and hard work on the ice and communicated with his team mates really well.
No one on Team Teal likes to lose, but Dan Boyle was a player who strove to win every game.
He has defensive lapses in his game, but that’s not even the biggest deal for him. Age isn’t just a number restricting him from getting that two-year deal the Sharks refused to give him.
Very few players can still play good hockey at the age of 37. It’s obvious he’s long past his prime, but his constantly stagnating performance on the ice is actually showing it.
I honestly wish I could think of some great moments from him this past season, but here’s what I will say for his time as a Shark: his coast-to-coast goal against the Minnesota Wild on Apr. 3rd two seasons ago at the Tank will forever be a beauty:
It was great having you in San Jose while it lasted, Boyler. Farewell and good luck wherever you decide to go.