It was a rumoured deal that had to go through a lot of channels to finally complete, but when Dan Boyle waived his no-trade clause, he made sure he was heading to a team that he wanted to go to in the Sharks. Boyle and defensive defenseman, Brad Lukowich, head to San Jose for young defensemen Matt Carle and Ty Wishart, plus a couple of big picks.
The Sharks had already acquired Rob Blake through free agency, but thought that wasn't enough. The addition of Boyle, gives the team a brand new power play quarterback and when healthy, Boyle can reach the 60-point plateau, which is mighty impressive. He'll also have the benefit of playing some new power play specialists in Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo. That's not to say his power play unit in Tampa was that bad.
The Lightning score big with a lot of youth in this deal. Carle, 23, and Wishart, 20, will give the Lightning plenty of good years, if they were to stick around and their picks give them some good potential in players that they could acquire. Unfortunately, the Lightning have now lost their big puck moving defenseman and they don't really have one anymore (for the time being). It will give a guy like Carle more ice-time, which could very well increase his pool value.
|To San Jose||Age||Games||Points||Contract on July 1st|
|Dan Boyle, D||32||37||25||6 years, $6.667 million|
|Brad Lukowich, D||31||59||7||2 years, $1.566 million|
|To Tampa Bay|
|Matt Carle, D||23||62||15||4 years, $3.438 million|
|Ty Wishart, D||20||0||0||2 years, $1.15 million|
|2009 First Round Pick|
|2010 Fourth Round Pick|