UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to potential free agent defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional pick in next year's draft.
The 37-year-old Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Sharks will receive a fifth-round pick from New York, but that will bump up to a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders before next season.
Boyle earned just under $7 million with the Sharks this season. He led the club's defensemen with 36 points and 12 goals in 75 games and added four assists in San Jose's first-round, seven-game playoff loss to Los Angeles.
In 954 regular-season NHL games over 15 years with Florida, Tampa Bay and San Jose, Boyle has 144 goals and 417 assists.
- The Associated Press
Rangers: Vigneault wowed by Kings
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Alain Vigneault reviewed only portions of the video from the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup finals opener before he sat down at their oceanside hotel to explain how it got away.
The coach had already formed a few impressions, and they made him even more wary of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Rangers realize they missed a golden chance to grab the opening game from the weary Kings, who were 72 hours removed from a grueling Western Conference finals victory over defending champion Chicago.
New York jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but was soon overwhelmed. The Kings tied it in the second, dominated the third and won early in overtime on Justin Williams' latest clutch goal (see full story).
- The Associated Press
Bruins: Seidenberg should be a go for training camp
Dennis Seidenberg, who is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in January, believes he'll be fully healthy by training camp in September.
Seidenberg had hoped to return in the playoffs. If the Bruins advanced past the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals he may have suited up, but the Bruins were ousted by the Habs in seven games.
"I was hoping to play at some point, but it wasn't meant to be," the 32-year-old said (via CSNNE.com). "We would have had some practices after Round 2, and would have seen how I was doing taking some contact and battling a little harder. There definitely would have been a chance [for a return]."
Seidenberg had one goal and nine assists in 34 games before the injury.