Boyle re-signs for big money
Defenceman Dan Boyle gets his mammoth new deal, $40-million over six years, as per TSN.
The size of the contract almost certainly means Brad Richards will be moved on Tuesday, as with the team's Big Three plus Boyle's $6.67-million cap hit, they've already got about $38.5-million committed next season, and that's without a starting goaltender.
Including the now-departed Vinny Prospal, Tampa Bay has eight pending unrestricted free agents to replace on the roster come this summer.
The cap hit's a steep figure for an offensive defenceman who is going to be 32 in July and is coming off of a gruesome, freak wrist injury that has kept him out of all but 17 games this season. Boyle's a great puckmover, but I can't imagine that'll be the case in 2013-14.
He's really only had three truly productive NHL seasons, was never drafted and is undersized for his position.
The Brian Campbell camp just got a new target to aim for, but if I'm a Buffalo Sabres fan, I'm calling for Darcy Regier to walk away from anything remotely close to this one.
Jay Feaster may be moving Richards, but his club is still stuck with far too much salary going to too few players — something that will likely hamstring Tampa Bay for years to come.
Some teams never learn.