Dan Boyle close to returning. Chicago scouting Boyle and Campbell.

According to a few sources, Dan Boyle is very close to returning. Interestingly, the Hawks are rumored to be searching for a PP specialist, and Boyle and Campbell have been mentioned as likely candidates given that both are UFAs next season.

The Blackhawks are supposedly dangling the likes of winger Tuomo Ruutu and young defenseman Cam Barker as trade bait. Not a bad return indeed!

Personally, I doubt Buffalo pulls another brain fart and fails to re-sign Campbell. However, I believe he said he was finished negotiating with the Sabres over an extension, an action that may force management to trade him and ensure they get something in return for him, rather than letting him walk and getting nothing in return like they saw with Briere and Drury. One almost has to feel sorry for Buffalo and their team’s ridiculous, idiotic ‘policy’ of not negotiating during the season, something they reversed this year after it totally screwed them last year (and the consequences are still being felt this year and will for years to come).

As for Boyle, there’s been tons of speculation that one of the Big Four in TB (Lecavalier, Richards, St.Louis and Boyle) will be traded following the Lightning’s abysmal half-season performance (which has all but guaranteed they won’t be sneaking back into the playoffs again). The Hawks would indeed be a good fit for him, and if they offered Tuomo Ruuto and Cam Barker, there may be reason for the Lightning to take that offer. If they did acquire Ruutu, I could see one of Lecavalier or Richards getting dealt as well, as Ruutu “should” theoretically be a 2nd line center. I could see Phoenix, Columbus or even Colorado targeting Richards.

19 Responses to Dan Boyle close to returning. Chicago scouting Boyle and Campbell.

  1. leafy says:

    Bru, you have the honor of having th 10,000th article on HTR.  I'm a little jealous.

  2. kamullia says:

    Dumb Question: I am looking at the home page of HTR and I see the Calgary-agent-Tanguay article with the note of it being article 9997. Then comes a St. Louis Blues article…and then this one.

    Are we using the Philadelphia Flyers calculator of worth of players to figure this one, or how did we end up with 10,000 from 9997 w/ just two articles?

  3. sjconnick says:

    I think Tampa Bay will take 8th with Boyle coming back, They are only 8 points out so it could happen.

    I don't think Colorado is targeting richards, I follow Colorado very closely and there is no need for him that I can see on their team. But I mean anything is possible.

    I think Coloado is going to go after a goaltender or a defense like foote or blake and also try to sign forsberg if he makes his nhl return.

  4. puckhead94 says:

    Keeping with the theme of 10,000…

    I was lucky enough to go to the Phillies' 10,000th loss last July against the Cardinals.

    I got on the local news 3 times for the shirt I was wearing. My girlfriend is a graphic designer so she made me a shirt with the word "Pathetic" in Phillies script on the front in front of a blue liberty bell and the nameplate "LOSSES" in authentic Phillies nameplate lettering font and the number "10K" also in authentic Phillies number font, and "AND COUNTING…" below that, once again, in authentic Phillies nameplate font. God, the Phillies really suck lol.

    I wanted to keep with the 10k theme. Anyone else have any funny 10K stories?

  5. KingCanada says:

    I wonder if Fletcher can pull a deal off with the Hawks?

    Send Kubina and Steen to Chicago for Barker and their first or second round pick or sumthin along those lines.

  6. Lint07 says:

    article 9999 has been posted on the Leafs section.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    Leafy, you did your part to help get it up there.

  8. Elite_Destruction says:

    Hold that thought, Fletch could also throw Tucker And McCabe(Or Kubina) At Him for Barker And Ruutu, that way the leafs are getting rid of 2 contracts they don't want, and are gaining young players with some actual potential back, and the Hawks are getting 2 good PP specialist with McCabe on the point and Tucker on the wing(We seen what Tucker could do last yr on the PP)… Just A Thought…

  9. CanadaIsGold says:

    We gotta thank GolfLeafsGolf as well eh leafy, lol

  10. BruMagnus says:

    Thanks HTR for selecting one of my articles to be the 10,000th! I'm honoured!

    Now, what do I win? Free T-shirt? Penguins tickets?

  11. BruMagnus says:

    I'm not so sure. The Lightning have been ABYSMAL.
    They may not be too many points out (8 but having played an extra game, and with 4 more losses) but teams like the Caps and even the Leafs have been playing well lately. The Lightning's only real chance would be to go on and win the division, since it's looking probable that only the divisional leader will 'win' a playoff spot. Carolina and Atlanta have been fighting over it, and now the Caps have joined in the fun, with the Panthers and Lightning not too far back. If they don't win their division, and assuming 8th place needs roughly 90 points to make it in (and it could be more), TB would need to go something like 22-8-3 in their final 33 games to get 92 points and make it… does that seem likely?

  12. BruMagnus says:

    You should be… You… should be… – yoda

  13. kamullia says:

    They already sent it to you apparently from a conversation that I overheard only parts of. I know they sent a pie, and I heard something about a cow also, but not sure. They said it’s big.

  14. Hockeyjunkie says:

    I doubt there is any way that Tampa makes the playoffs even if Boyle is back.  He's going to take some time to get back to his old form and did I mention that they are still in last place. Jesus.  8 points is a lot considering they have to jump over 7 other teams also.  They will have to win 80% of their games to get in.  Not happening.  I think Tampa needs to trade Boyle and get something decent for him.  If he wasn't injured all year his value would be higher, but they could still get soemthing for him.  There main concern is getting a goalie and they might have to deal one of there big 3 forwards.  Tampa's problem is that they also have a self-imposed cap of something like 42-44 million.  So it's hard to build a team when most of the money goes to 4 guys and you don't even spend up to the cap.  If this teams had Boyle for the whole season and was able to spend up to the cap and find a goalie, they would get into the playoffs. 

    As for Campbell, I think he is as good as gone.  The Sabres just keep losing and now he is the one who has closed talks with them.  That can't be a good sign.  Buffalo has made too many blunders over the past couple years and yes, the idea of not negoatiating contracts during the season is by far one of the stupidest things ever.  They can't attract UFAs in the summer and they can't even re-sign any of their own.  This team was looking so promising right after the lock-out and have dug themselves a huge hole.  The good news is, they have still drafted well and have lots of talent and young guys that they can work with.  I hate to say, but I think it's time for Darcy Regier to go.  Way too many mistakes in recent years. Not re-signing Grier or Mackee in 2006.  Lost lots of toughness right there.  Not re-signing either Drury or Briere.  Lost leadership and scoring.  About to lose Campbell, but should get something in return.  However, still losing a top 10 defenceman in the league in the midst pf his prime years.  Not good.

  15. kamullia says:

    “I see,” said the blind man.

  16. tacitus says:

    congratz on 10,000 articles soon we will hit 1000 non leaf articles….maybe not soon, but eventually.

    Leafs GM rumoured to be fired

    Leafs GM fired

    Leafs New GM

    Future Outlook with New Leafs GM

    we really need 4 articles??

    in the future we will see these headlines all in one day

    TSN reports Mats Sundin has been traded

    Confirmed Mats Sundin Traded

    Who Will captian leafs now??

    Future of the leafs without Mats

  17. tacitus says:

    the hawsk want a PP D not a guy that just gets paid to be one… Anders Eriksson could do a better job on the PP then Kubina

  18. BruMagnus says:

    You forgot:

    X team with Sundin in their lineup


    New Leafs lines

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