The Pittsburgh Penguins are anticipated to signal Brian Boyle on Tuesday, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff confirms that the one-year deal might be value $750K when finalized. Boyle had been in Penguins camp on knowledgeable tryout after failing to even play skilled hockey in 2020-21.
Now 36, Boyle’s story is one in all unimaginable perseverance and exhausting work, with this simply the newest spectacular chapter. The veteran ahead gave the impression to be out of the NHL final season, however earned himself a spot on the U.S. World Championship crew, was given the captaincy and proved he may nonetheless play at a excessive stage. Even that wasn’t sufficient to land him an precise contract, however his efficiency at Penguins’ camp on a PTO, mixed with the crew’s damage considerations, might be sufficient to get him one other probability.
No one is mistaking Boyle for a top-line participant at this level, however he does deliver dimension, expertise and flexibility to the underside of the lineup. The 6-foot-6 ahead can play heart or left wing, whereas contributing on each particular groups. In 2019-20 with the Florida Panthers, he recorded six targets and 15 factors in 39 video games, whereas offering a bodily presence and a dependable faceoff proportion. If the Penguins, who’re with out Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to begin the season, get just a few months of respectable efficiency out of Boyle, will probably be effectively definitely worth the one-year deal.