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Boyle ‘devastated’ that Sharks don’t want him back

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Five

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 26: Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks during a break in play against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 26, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dan Boyle

Rocky Widner

Dan Boyle was “kind of expecting it,” but he was still “devastated” by the San Jose Sharks’ decision to not bring the 37-year-old defenseman back next season.

I was clear that I wanted to be back here and I loved it here,” said Boyle, per CSN Bay Area. “It can still be pretty tough news to take, but when you lose like we did, you figure that changes are going to be made. Part of me thought this could happen.”

The good news for Boyle is that, even at his age, he should garner good interest as an unrestricted free agent. The Detroit Red Wings, for instance, are in the market for a “top-four right-handed shooting defenseman.” Could there be a fit there?

Boyle played 75 games for the Sharks in 2013-14, scoring 12 times with 24 assists, then added four assists in seven playoff games.

He’s believed to want a two-year contract.

Related: It’s a good time to be a right-shooting d-man free agent