Brian Boyle, now with the New York Rangers after the summer trade, had some thinly veiled tough words for Kings coaches/management in the New York papers today. “It hamstrung me last year,” Boyle said in one story. “It paralyzed me, looking over my shoulder wondering if I could stick in Los Angeles. It’s a fresh start here.”
I think I’ve made my opinion about Boyle fairly clear over time. I thought the way the Kings treated him, moving him to defense and then back to forward in a short period of time, only hurt his development, but also that Boyle simply didn’t do what he needed to do in order to stay in the NHL. If you read the quotes from John Tortorella in these stories, Boyle is still going to have to play that tough, gritty game in order to stick with the Rangers.