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Boyle appears ready for Rangers return

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Dan Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on September 29, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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From Newsday’s Steve Zipay:

Boyle (broken hand) was hurt in the Rangers’ first game of the season and hasn’t played since. The 38-year-old joined the club in the summer, signing a two-year, $9 million deal after spending six seasons in San Jose.

A right-shooting defenseman, Boyle was brought in to replace the departed Anton Stralman and also to help the Rangers’ power play, which currently ranks 21st in the NHL, converting at just 14.2 percent.

Last night, the Blueshirts earned an impressive 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh, two days after an “unacceptable” home-ice loss to Edmonton.

If Boyle does return tomorrow versus the Avs, the Rangers will still be without injured defenseman Ryan McDonagh. But compared to the blue line they were forced to ice a short time ago -- minus Boyle, McDonagh, Kevin Klein and John Moore -- things are looking decidedly up.

P.S. -- Expect Mike Kostka to be the one coming out of the lineup if Boyle plays.

P.P.S. -- Not sure what the future holds for Tomas Kaberle, but given all the returnees, it may not be with the Rangers.