The NHL trade deadline is two weeks away, and while it’s still not clear whether Sharks GM Doug Wilson will work any deals, the rumors have already been circulating.
The latest comes courtesy of ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, who reports that the Rangers, on the lookout for a defenseman, are interested in reuniting Dan Boyle with his former Tampa Bay Lightning coach, John Tortorella.
Boyle got wind of the trade chatter involving his name, and when he was asked about it on Wednesday, a crestfallen Boyle said the mushy stuff you’d be likely to hear from a guy when he’s proposing to his girlfriend. Per CSN’s Kevin Kurz:
“It’s not fun. I certainly don’t enjoy it. I do the best that I can to try and keep it out, but it gets to you. I don’t like hearing that stuff,” he said on Wednesday morning in Edmonton, where the Sharks will play the Oilers. [...]
“This is where I want to be. I don’t want to be anywhere else. You guys have been with me for five years and you know what I bring to the table. I don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s not fun to hear that.”
Boyle does have a limited no-trade clause, which entails the 36-year-old listing eight teams to which he would not accept a trade. It’s unclear if the Rangers are one of those eight.