Before I go get a flowcut, I want to hear from Rangers & Sharks fans. I heard a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. Thoughts— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 17, 2012
This morning on Twitter, ESPN anchor and NHL writer John Buccigross stated that a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. In follow-up discussions, he stated that the deal killer was Gaborik's shoulder surgery, which he underwent on June 1st. The injury will sideline him up to six months. Marian Gaborik has two years left on the five year, $7.5 AAV deal he signed with the New York Rangers that started in the 2009-2010 season. Dan Boyle has two years left on his $6.66 AAV deal. Boyle's deal includes a limited no-trade clause, which came into effect on June 30th, 2012. His NTC stipulates that he can choose 8 teams that he will not accept a trade to, which gives the Sharks flexibility in negotiations. Remember, Buccigross has been wrong before, most notably in the Marleau to the Kings fiasco of 2009. Still, it's an interesting tidbit of information and Buccigross definitely has the credentials that you have to at least raise your eyebrows. If the Sharks are indeed shopping Boyle, or even listening to offers, it could significantly alter the look of the team next year.