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Report: Lightning pondering trade for Boyle’s rights

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

From the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:



Boyle, of course, will not be back with San Jose next season. The Sharks made the decision to cut ties with the 37-year-old defenseman, despite his preference to stay with the club.

Tampa Bay could make sense for Boyle if the Lightning decide to cut their own ties with a veteran right-handed blue-liner -- 39-year-old Sami Salo, who’s a pending unrestricted free agent.

Why might the Lightning be willing to give up an asset to acquire Boyle’s negotiating rights before July 1? Read this to find out.

Boyle won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2004. He was traded to San Jose in 2008.