Rangers sign Dan Boyle, Mike Kostka

July 1, 2014, by

The Rangers have officially replaced both Anton Stralman and Raphael Diaz, signing UFA defensemen Dan Boyle and Mike Kostka. Boyle got two years and $4.5 million per year, with a no-movement clause (relatively pointless). Boyle’s #fancystats aren’t terrible, but he’s been exploited a few times for losing his foot speed. The cap hit isn’t terrible, but the second year might hurt them. At the very least, he will help the powerplay.

Kostka will take Diaz’s place as the #7 defenseman, taking a one-year deal at $650,000.

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  1. Chris F says:

    So we can pay 36 – year old Boyle who can no longer skate $4.5 million, but we couldn’t come up with $5 million for Stralman?

    Yea Boyle is really gonna fit right in with AV’s speed game.

    What a terrible signing.

    • Chris A says:

      It sounds like Stralman may get over $5M per for 5 or 6 years. That’s a big commitment to a 2nd pair defensive D.

      Boyle could work, he’s just going to need to be sheltered a bit by AV, something AV is very open to doing. I imagine Klein and Boyle will flip flop ice time often depending on the game situation.

      Not an ideal move but it’s not like the market is overflowing with top 4 Ds this summer.

    • Ray says:

      It was a choice between signing Boyle and trying to sign Stralman after all.

    • paulronty says:

      So terrible that Tampa Bay wanted him too but “settled” for Stralman.

  2. Bloomer says:

    Dan Boyle can still skate and he is an upgrade over Stralman. No GM is willing to pay Anton his asking price as he provides very little offense and is soft.

    • Chris A says:

      Maybe, I think the delay in him signing means Stralman’s price is being bid up. I have a feeling that much like Pouliot’s deal we are going to be shocked at what Stralman signs for.

  3. Hatrick Swayze says:

    Dave nailed it in the write up. The second year might hurt. Situationally, he will need to be used correctly. He will help the power play. Given the term is no longer than 2 years, I am on board.

    Whoever said he was better than stralman below, isn’t correct. He will put up more numbers but is weaker in his own zone and will not be able to handle the same competition effectively. That said, it was a responsible signing contact wise and he fills a need for us