Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 07/04/08 at 07:36 PM ET
Update 7:41pm ET: As noted in the comments of this post by NHL Jeff, my wording in this title is inaccurate. He hasn’t been ‘signed’, simply traded. (My apologies—it’s been a long week!)
via press release:
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensemen Matt Carle and Ty Wishart, a first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Boyle, who will turn 32 on July 12, posted 25 points (4-21=25) in just 37 games while accumulating 57 penalty minutes. He missed 36 games due to wrist surgery after having a skate slice his wrist in the preseason. He returned to the lineup with a two-goal performance on Jan. 24 vs. Ottawa.
“Dan is one of the elite offensive-minded defensemen in the League today,” said Wilson. “Being able to acquire an elite player in his prime that has won a Stanley Cup will help this organization get to where we want to go.”
Boyle was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2006-07 when he finished fourth amongst all League defensemen in points (20-43=63) and was second in goals.
In 523 career games over eight NHL seasons with Tampa Bay and Florida, he has posted 292 points (76-216=292), 34 power play goals and 338 penalty minutes. He helped Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup in 2003-04 and in 45 career playoff games, all with Tampa Bay, he has 22 points (3-19=22) and a +6 plus/minus rating.
On Feb. 9, 2008, he was inducted into the University of Miami (OH) Hall of Fame, where he spent his four-year collegiate career. In his time there, he posted 147 points (40-107=147) in 148 games and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist during his senior year of 1997-98.
Boyle was originally signed by Florida as a free agent on March 30, 1998. He was acquired by Tampa Bay on Jan. 7, 2002 for a fifth-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In addition, he has represented Canada at the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Olympics.
Lukowich, 31, totaled seven points (1-6=7) in 59 games for Tampa Bay last season. He led the team with 153 hits and his 108 blocked shots were third.
In 582 career games, he has posted 103 points (22-81=103), 353 penalty minutes and has a +33 plus/minus. The ten-year veteran has spent time in Dallas, Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders and New Jersey.
Lukowich has won two Stanley Cups in his career, the first coming with Dallas in 1999 and the second with Tampa Bay in 2004. In seven postseason stints, he has six points (1-5=6) in 65 games with 22 penalty minutes.
“Brad is a tough competitor that isn’t afraid to give up his body for the sake of the team,” said Wilson. “He has won two Stanley Cups and he knows that everyone on a team needs to play a role in order to achieve the ultimate success.”
The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Cranbrook, British Columbia was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the fourth round (90th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
Carle, 23, posted 15 points (2-13=15) in 62 regular season games this season. He was originally selected by San Jose in the second round (47th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In 151 NHL games with San Jose, Carle posted 63 points (16-47=63), including being named to the 2007 NHL All-Rookie Team. He appeared in 33 playoff games with the Sharks, posting 9 points (2-7=9) and a +4 plus/minus rating.
“We really feel that Matt will have tremendous success in this League,” said Wilson. “But you have to give to get and we felt that this move will ultimately help us get to where we want to get.”
Wishart, 20, split the season between Prince George and Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League and led all defensemen with 67 points (16-51=67). In four seasons at the WHL level, Wishart registered 161 points (33-128=161) in 262 games played. Wishart was originally selected by San Jose in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
“We wish Ty the best in his development,” said Wilson. “We feel he has a bright future ahead of him and wish him the best.”
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