San Jose Sharks: Why Dan Boyle Needs to Be Traded

Eric He@@erichesportsContributor IIDecember 15, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks in action against the Chicago Blackhawks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on November 23, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As I mentioned in a previous article, San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle needs to get back on track. Please refer to this article in order to fully understand my following opinions.  

Ok, here goes. I will now take it a step further, and propose that the San Jose Sharks trade Dan Boyle.

Yep, I said it. Here's why.

The Sharks need to trade Boyle while they can, as he is simply getting too old. At 35, Boyle is the oldest player on the Sharks' roster. He has shown significant decline, with his point total decreasing the past two seasons.

This season, he is on track to have his worst year as a Shark. In 28 games, he has just 14 points and just two goals. At his age, Boye's production will decline with every season that he plays.

Second, Boyle is known for his smooth-skating and ability to carry the puck from one end to the other. However, we rarely see that nowadays. Teams bunch up in the neutral zone, eliminating Boyle's strength.

“The game’s changed,” Boyle said in an interview with David Pollak. “Everybody’s playing the same way – the neutral zone is pretty much eliminated, which is where I get a lot of my offense. Everybody just fires long bombs, chipping it in. It’s just a little bit more frustrating for me.”

As a result, we have seen Boyle turn the puck over game after game because he still attempts to skate from one end of the ice to the other with the puck.

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Boyle is signed through 2014 and is being paid almost $7 million a year. That is a lot of money for an aging veteran.

So why not trade an aging veteran with a big contract who is steadily declining in terms of point production, and who regularly turns the puck over because he cannot play to his biggest strength?

I don't know what you think, but that seems like a pretty big no-brainer to me. 

Now, what can the Sharks get in return? Despite all my previous complaints about him, Boyle is still a useful defenseman who can play every day. Thus, I am pretty sure that many teams will bite on him if the Sharks dangle Boyle at the trade deadline.

Using Boyle as the main entree, the Sharks can make a trade for someone who they really like. I am not going to speculate on that, but if the Sharks want to make a trade, Boyle will be the centerpiece.

What I have stated in this article is pure speculation; there are no indications that the Sharks plan to trade Dan Boyle anytime soon.

However, I believe that it is in the Sharks' best interest to move Dan Boyle and get some fresh pieces before time runs out.

So what do you think? Should the Sharks trade Dan Boyle?