Dumb....

TSN.ca is reporting that the Lightning have officially asked Dan Boyle to waive his no trade clause. It said that Boyle has asked for time in determining his next move. Being that he has that no trade clause, I believe he should exercise it. It wasn't stated as to who would be coming back this way for him, but there are possibly three teams involved with San Jose said to be the current front runner. I can only imagine that Matt Carle would be part of the package from San Jose. While I do think Carle is a good young d-man, he in no way brings the same elements that Boyle does, not many in the league do. Boyle is a huge part of the teams offense and other than Brian Campbell, his abilities are unique in the league. The team signed Boyle to this big contract at the end of last season to keep him. Now with all these signings they've made as of late they now need to scale back some payroll. Now, there are definitely better d-men in the league at the defensive side of the game, but Boyle is not a liability and is a huge part of the offensive rush coming from the back end. We all saw how out of sorts the team was last season with Boyle injured and out of the line-up. Boyle does have the no trade clause and is using it to take time to think about what he wants to do. I surely hope that the team doesn't feel that the signing of Niskala and bringing in a Matt Carle would replace what Boyle brings to the team. Unless the Bolts can make a killer of a deal for him, I don't see how you can make a deal for Boyle at this time. I think making a knee-jerk trade just to get the salary off the books will be a bad deal. Although I feel it will happen, I mean why would Boyle want to stay with the team trying to get rid of him, I sure hope cooler heads prevail and it doesn't. Boyle loves the area and the team, he wants to be there. This team needs him, lets hope they realize that before they make a bad deal.

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no kidding

When I saw on TSN that they had asked Boyle to waive his no-trade clause, I was overwhelmed (still am actually). The Lightning need defensive help, so why would they trade away their best defenceman? Cap room? Lukowich holds 1.5mil and he is nowhere near as good as Boyle, trade him. Without Boyle, the Lightning have no one strong on D. They wanted him back, he wanted back, that's why he signed, what changed? These new owners, although they give more money, are becoming a bad influence in the hockey operations. Let Feaster do his job, for gods sake. I'm wondering if Feaster has a say or if he is just Oren's puppet. Funny thing, if you go to the Lightning's website, they feature the owners and coach, but not GM. Boyle is also not in their list of 'players to drive us'. Anyways, back to Boyle. Remember last year? If he waives it, it will be that all over again. No scoring rushes, no d-man to rely on, they'll be next year's Devils with more skilled forwards to try to play defence as no defenceman can. Please Boyle, pull a Redden and don't waive the clause. I'm sure Feaster is saying the same thing.

I have a feeling the Bolts

I have a feeling the Bolts are going to not get too much back for Boyle, or I should say get less than he should garner just so they can drop the salary. All I've got to say is that if he's going to go to San Jose, Carle and Vlasic better both be coming back this way, maybe even a pick too. Anything less and it's not worth it whatsoever. At least you can say they are good players and are young and will only get better. While Boyle is elite now but is about to be 32. Let's hope that the team does actually get quality value back for him and not just lose him for barely anything. Also, send him to San Jose, keep him out of the east so he doesn't come back to kill us several times a year.

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