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Dan Boyle signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Rangers, according to CapGeek.
He essentially replaces Anton Stralman, who received a five-year, $22.5 million contract from Tampa Bay, also per CapGeek. They have the same cap hit.
So was it worth it?
Boyle had 12 goals and 24 assists last year with San Jose, with 18 of those points coming on the man-advantage. He averaged 21 minutes of ice time.
Stralman had one goal and 12 assists last season, while averaging 19 minutes of ice time.
Stralman, in general, had better advanced numbers during the regular season, albeit only slightly better. He has better possession numbers, all while playing the same type of competition, per ExtraSkater.
In the postseason, where Stralman played particularly well, it was actually Boyle who outplayed him. Granted, Boyle played seven games, while Stralman played 25.
But it is Boyle who had better possession numbers, per ExtraSkater.
Despite Stralman's good year, this will be the first time he plays under a long contract with big money. Boyle is a veteran with plenty of playoff experience and a track record of success.
Between the fact that Boyle played about as well as Stralman did last year, plus his expected contributions on the man-advantage, this was a home run signing for the Rangers. It gets a grade of A+.