Apr 9, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (22) skates with the puck as Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano (7) chases in the third period at Honda Center. The Ducks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

REPORT: Flyers Among 10 Teams Interested in UFA Defenseman Dan Boyle

Given the Flyers approach to the offseason to this point, hearing a report about the team being interested in unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle, 38 in July, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. That being said, when Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports releases his trademark sequence of Tweets in first French and then English, it’s worth at least a second look.



The Rangers, a team much more positioned for a ‘win-now’ approach to the offseason makes plenty of sense when it comes to the aging, albeit still skilled blue-liner. Though anything is always possible with the Flyers, this feels much more like a move from two or three seasons ago. Boyle was once one a top-pairing defenseman with extensive offensive capabilities that the Flyers have lacked in recent seasons. However, aging and injuries have set his game back a fair amount and it does not seem like there is too much gas left in the tank.

I would expect the Flyers to have their name mentioned quite a bit in the coming days as the draft approaches. With Philadelphia as the host site and general manager Ron Hextall already appearing to want to mold the team in a new image, the Flyers appear to be a prime candidate for one of the big movers over the course of what is normally one of the busiest weekends of the NHL calendar year. Five years ago, Boyle would have been an excellent addition to a Flyers team that looked poise to challenge for a Stanley Cup. These days, the signing of an aging, injury-prone defenseman would only bring the ire of the frustrated Philadelphia fanbase ready to see a shift in how the team approaches building their roster.

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