New York Rangers: What’s Brian Boyle’s Role in the 2013-14 Season?

September 23rd, 2013 by Jameson Sempey Leave a reply »

The 2013-14 season is going to determine Brian Boyle's career path.

Is he a legitimate third-line player, or is he simply a good penalty killer who belongs on the fourth line?

Can he produce anything close to his career-high 21 goals in 2011-12, or was that just a fluke performance that he'll never replicate?

Entering a contract year, the answers to all of these questions will determine how many years and what kind of money the 6'7", 244-pound forward will get and whether or not he'll get it with the New York Rangers.

Before the hockey community can make a determination on Boyle, he'll need to re-establish his role and identity with the Blueshirts.

With Derek Stepan holding out and Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan likely to miss the first month of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, Boyle has the opportunity to cement himself as a guy that deserves third-line minutes and time on the second power-play unit.


Worst Year to Date

Last season, only two of Boyle's points came outside of April despite having more than 10 minutes of ice time in all but four g ...

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