Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:15pm


The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2015.

What does it give the New York Islanders
The Islanders have been among the most aggressive teams in acquiring potential unrestricted free agents' rights before July 1. It hasn't always worked, and it may or may not pan out this time. Boyle may choose to test the market next month, but Isles GM Garth Snow deserves credit for attempting to better his team in a market that's been a hard sell the past few seasons. If Boyle signs with New York, he'll instantly add good offensive depth from the back end, provide more power-play quarterback options (in tandem with {P Lubomir Visnovsky}) and give the Islanders badly-needed veteran leadership.

What does it give the San Jose Sharks
The Sharks had already parted ways with Boyle, but this deal makes it official. They will receive a fifth-round pick in what is expected to be a deep 2015 draft if Boyle signs elsewhere on July 1, and they'll get a fourth rounder in the same year if he decides to re-sign on Long Island. Either way, this trade is a no-lose proposition for San Jose--who are going to attempt to shake things up a bit this off-season (after yet another stale finish in the playoffs).

Fantasy impact
Boyle's fantasy prospects won't be known until he signs somewhere on July 1, but there is plenty of appeal should he decide to stay with the Islanders beyond the next month. There is a lot of offensive talent on the Isles, and Boyle could benefit greatly. That said, he might not re-sign so the point may be moot.

Player focus

New York Islanders

Dan Boyle D

San Jose Sharks

a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2015