Before he addressed the media one final time in his season-ending scrum, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle cursed out New York Post columnist Larry Brooks.
“I want you out of here,” Boyle told Brooks. “Nobody likes you. Nobody respects you. At least I’m leaving here with the respect of my teammates. Instead of [expletive] someone like you, who tries to bury somebody. That’s all you do. It’s not a critique. I’m telling you I don’t want you here. I have no respect for you. I want you to get the [expletive] out.”
Brooks wasn’t interested in leaving. “I don’t care what you think,” he said.
Brooks was frequently criticized the 39-year-old Boyle during his time with the Rangers. After the Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs, and Boyle was a healthy scratch, fellow Post reporter Brett Cyrgalis wrote that the defenseman “was a big-time disappointment for the Blueshirts, and that might be how his career ends — watching instead of playing.” He was the “Brett” that Boyle was referring to.
Cyrgalis, who wasn’t at the scrum, responded.
Response to Dan Boyle? I did my job. Not sure he ever did his.— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) April 26, 2016
Boyle said later that he is leaning toward retiring.
The Rangers were eliminated by the Penguins, 4–1, in their opening-round playoff series.