Don't hate on the pun headline. Not when Bruce "Malkin to the Kings" Garrioch can write a Dan Boyle trade rumors story under "Interest Boyles for D-man." Would you prefer we go with TSN's rice-cake dry "Will Tampa Bay be able to trade Boyle?" Snore.
Yeah, the Dan Boyle trade rumor business is booming again. He's scheduled to make $6.667 million in each year of his six-year deal. Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes writes that the Bolts are basically over the cap when you consider the bonus-laden contract Steve Stamkos will sign, and that the Tampa Bay Lightning ownership want payroll down to about $48 million. (Going over the cap with this defense is a rather impressive and depressing feat. But we continue to drink the Koules-Aid.)
Cristodero writes that Ottawa Senators RFA defenseman Andrej Meszaros could be a cheap target. Bolts beat writer Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has also heard some Ottawa rumors, and has a rather strong opinion about them:
The team that keeps coming up in rumors is Ottawa, which is of course Boyle's hometown. The one name that has been mentioned in more than one circle coming in return is Antoine Vermette, to which I say, WHAT???? You are going to offer one of the top defensemen in the game for Antoine freaking Vermette? Another forward? I sure hope that's not true. If Ottawa is the team they are serious about, then Andrej Meszaros needs to be ONE of the players coming back in return. And while we're at it, let's talk about Chris Kelly, or Mike Fisher coming back the other way. And for good measure, let's make sure a high draft pick returns as well.
We love it when MSM bloggers break AP Style rules. Rock on, Erik.
Like Steven Ovadia on Puck Update, we're not exactly the biggest Dan Boyle fans. Just based on last season, Mike Green deserves $6.667 million a season more than Boyle does. But someone will trade for him, salary be damned, because everyone is overpaying for offensive defensemen these days.
Or maybe they won't. Because Boyle has a no-trade clause to go along with his Tampa-native pregnant wife and the new house they're building in Florida. If there's anything we learned last season, it's that 10,000 rumors spinning out of control mean jack and squat if a player refuses to waive his no-trade clause.
UPDATE 11:10 a.m.: Cristodero speaks with Boyle. Doesn't intend to waive his NTC, but "if a trade makes sense, I completely understand, and I have no problem with that. But on the other hand, if it doesn't make sense, then I do have a problem with that."