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LeBrun: Dan Boyle, Paul Stastny hot commodities as 'wining and dining' gets underway

06/25/2014 at 2:30pm EDT

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has filed a significant set of "rumblings." Among his insights, he reports that Dan Boyle and his agent, George Bazos, are drawing interest, with the soon-to-be-38-year-old Boyle insisting upon a two-year contract...

"It’s not to say that I can’t play any longer than that, but mentally and physically I’ve committed myself to two years. I feel great right now," Boyle said. "The only thing I know for sure is that I have two very good years left in me and then I can see after that."

While neither Boyle nor Bazos would divulge which teams had already shown interest, other sources around the league confirmed Toronto, Detroit and the New York Rangers were among the several teams that have shown interest in Boyle.

One source described the Maple Leafs' interest as "serious." And the Rangers are also very interested, especially pending the outcome of talks with UFA D-man Anton Stralman.

LeBrun also reports that Paul Stastny's testing the market, as it were...

"Paul’s first choice is to re-sign in Colorado but we’ll listen to what teams have to say and make an informed decision," [agent Matt] Keator told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning.

According to a source, the St. Louis Blues were among the many teams that reached out to the Stastny camp. Given the Blues’ pursuit of Jason Spezza, getting Stastny instead would be a cheaper acquisition in terms of not having to give up assets to get him.

And LeBrun continues, discussing the Panthers' desire to possibly deal the #1 overall pick and Brian Gionta's negotiations with Montreal.

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