Even though Boyle only rocked the red and black for about a year and a half, those were tough words to write. Earlier today, the Devils began the selling process by shipping veteran forward, Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators for a 2nd round pick in the 2019 draft. I don’t mean for this to be a sob story but Boyle has been a true inspiration to the entire hockey community after beating cancer during the 2017-2018 season. A season that he would help guide a young Devils team to their first playoff berth since 2012. Seeing that guy rock the Devils sweater each night with pride made me proud to be a Devils fan.
The Devils are trading away a guy that has everything you want a hockey player to possess. No doubt a large presence in the locker room as well as on the ice, sticking up for teammates and mixing it up when he has to. Wish nothing but the best for him and I guess I’ll be pulling for the Preds come playoff time.
Now, onto the hockey aspect of todays deal! Ray Shero, once again, works his magic. Getting a second round pick for Brian Boyle (13g, 6a) is a hell of a return for a bottom six forward (not to take anything away from the player he is). Have to imagine his leadership and playoff experience had to come into play in getting a second round pick in return.
This sets the tone for the rest of a season that has certainly not gone as planned. I would look for the Devils to find a new home for Marcus Johansson, another veteran on an expiring contract. When healthy, he can be a top six forward on a lot of teams. The Devils would be able to get a bigger return on a player like Johansson than they did for Boyle.
Well, now that some of the dominos are starting to fall, it will be interesting to see what teams around the league will give up for a top-6 caliber player. Should be a very interesting few weeks leading up to the February 25th trade deadline.
My favorite Boyle moment…