Attention, NHL general managers: If you have a veteran on the verge of unrestricted free agency who you don't intend to re-sign, you might want to give ol' Garth Snow a call.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, the wheelin' and dealin' GM of the New York Islanders has swooped in to obtain the negotiating rights to a pending UFA. Last month, it was Washington goalie Jaroslav Halak. Today, it was San Jose Sharks defender Dan Boyle.
In exchange, the Isles sent a fifth-round draft pick to Silicon Valley that graduates to a fourth if Boyle signs with New York.
Snow was able to make the Halak deal pay off by signing the goaltender to a four-year, $18 million deal, and leverage his offer against a very limited market for starting netminders.
He's likely to find Boyle a harder sell. The 37-year-old may be close to aging out of the league, but his smarts and puck-moving skills are certain to garner some interest come July 1.