PITTSBURGH – No one knows for certain whether the San Jose Sharks, who remain in the playoff hunt, will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline next month.
Or whether they will be willing to part with either Dan Boyle or soon-to-be free agent Douglas Murray. Both are integral parts of their defense.
If, however, the Sharks are willing to trade the 36-year-old Boyle, who has a year left on his six-year, $40 million contract with a whopping $6.6 million cap hit, the Flyers have interest.
Provided the price tag to acquire him is reasonable, according to an NHL source.
Boyle has a limited no-trade clause, which means there are eight teams in which Boyle would approve to be dealt to.
As CSNPhilly.com reported on Saturday, both Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and hockey operations director Chris Pryor, were scouting the Sharks in Minnesota this weekend and are interested in 5-foot-10 Boyle beyond this season.
The Flyers’ brass was also there for the WCHA Tournament.
Though he’s not the same player he was when he won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, Boyle is a mobile defenseman who can move the puck, and would be an instant upgrade to the Flyers' struggling defense.
It all depends whether the Flyers decide to buy or sell at the deadline. Right now, much like the Sharks, they’re not a strong favorite to make the playoffs.
Club sources say if any moves are made it will be in the organization’s interests beyond just this season.