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by Paul on 06/06/14 at 09:18 AM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Boyle, a veteran offensive defenseman who is a vocal leader, is certain to draw considerable interest on the market, which means that unless the Islanders throw a lot of money at Boyle, he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent....
Boyle isn’t as dynamic as the No. 1 defenseman headed for UFA status, Matt Niskanen, but Boyle won’t cost the same, either, in contract length or money. On a two-year deal, he could be a terrific addition, someone to buy the Wings a little breathing room as they wait for prospects Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and Alexei Marchenko to develop. Boyle could help nurture Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith, offensively gifted defensemen who’d benefit from having an experienced partner.
All things considered, Boyle looks to be the ideal candidate for the Wings to upgrade their defense.
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