Breaking Trade – Tampa Bay Lightning have traded Center Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brian Froese and a 2017 second round draft pick.

In the second major move Tampa GM Steve Yzerman has pulled off in the blast few days after trading Ben Bishop to the Kings, he unloaded Boyle’s expiring contract.

So what do the Toronto Maple Leafs get with the addition of the big center? Well they don’t get Steven Stamkos obviously. However, they do get a player with a strong two way game, who makes considerably less and as an added bonus will play the entire season.

In an TSN interview excerpt Brian Boyle shared his thoughts on the trade : “It’s definitely a feeling I haven’t had as a player before this,” Boyle said. “It’s a lot of different things. Do I start packing a bag? Do I take a shower? It’s a great opportunity. I moved up in the standings in the matter of a couple hours and it’s exciting for me.”
“I think there are some smart minds behind that organization in Toronto and they know the player they’re getting and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m going to do what’s asked of me, first and foremost. There’s a lot of motivation for me to prove Lou [Lamoriello] and Brendan [Shanahan] and the management in Toronto right, and help the team win.”

The Leafs are banking heavily on the big man’s playoff experience with 26 points in 100 career playoff games. Having gone to back to back Stanley Cup Finals in 2014 with the Rangers and 2015 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Look for Boyle to bolster the third or fourth line center position as the young Maple Leafs make a push to the promised land.

 

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