Leafs Acquire Boyle from the Lightning

by | Feb 27, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 6 comments

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired center Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for minor-league center Byron Froese and a second round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs coach Mike Babcock recently mentioned his club needed depth at center. Looks like GM Lou Lamoriello was listening.

The 6’6″, 244 pound Boyle isn’t a big scorer, but he’s a versatile forward who can play center or wing and has considerable playoff experience. Those attributes should make him a good addition to the Leafs’ checking lines as they push for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Boyle’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and is seen as a rental player. However, a strong performance on his part could sway the Leafs into re-signing him.

The Lightning, meanwhile, continue their sell off their pending UFAs, having shipped goaltender Ben Bishop yesterday to the Los Angeles Kings. They’re getting a decent return for Boyle in Froese and a second-round pick. That pick will reportedly be the highest of the three the Leafs have in the second round, as they also hold those from the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators. 

The 25-year-old Froese only has 58 games of NHL experience and spent most of this season with the Leafs’ AHL farm team. He’s a hard-working depth forward who might get another shot at the bigs with the Bolts. 


  1. Solid move. If Leafs can avoid the 2nd Wild Card they can have a nice run

  2. Good on Lamoriello! We now have Martin, Kalinin, Boyle, Gauthier, Leivo to play 4th line! Suddenly looks solid..

    Here’s hoping we get in the playoffs.

  3. Solid 4th line. Like this move. Hope to get him signed for 2-3year deal.

  4. Bit of an overpayment for a 4th line plug isn’t it?

    • I actually think a mid to late 2nd rounder in a weak draft and B/C prospect isn’t a lot to give up. Particularly if it was someone that Montreal was interested in.

    • Shocking you have something negative to say regarding the Leafs. Man that’s getting old and you looking like you don’t know much. So by your deduction the Wild lost their heads making their deal and the same goes for LA, right? Like a lot worse than the Leafs? Man I hope the Bs don’t get in the playoffs. That would be nice to see.