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February 20, 2017 | 7:30pm ET
Boyle on a mission

Let's face it, we are all surprised with where Tampa Bay is in the standings. Many of us thought they'd be competing for the Stanley Cup this year, but injuries have led to a rather unimpressive season, proving us all wrong.

The trade deadline is now just nine days away and Lightning forward Brian Boyle has been a topic of discussion for a while now.

The 32-year-old forward has just over 20 points this season and is on an expiring contract. A pending unrestricted free agent with a $2 million cap hit, he is an attractive rental.

His experience would prove beneficial for any Cup contending team and interest has been rumored amongst many teams including Toronto, Edmonton and Columbus.

No doubt he has seen his fair share of playoff games and chances, but is it possible for Boyle to snag a Cup with Tampa, or are his chances better elsewhere?

"I want to stay here," Boyle told the Tampa Bay Times. "We've been on a mission for a few years now and haven't accomplished it yet. We want to do it here."

Mission Impossible, perhaps?

Well, he is adamant on contending and winning in Tampa. Chances of that happening this year are not likely with Tampa sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is going to have to make some decisions concerning the longevity of both Boyle and goalie Ben Bishop, who have been big topics of discussion with the deadline looming.

It's possible the Bolts trade Boyle this season and lure him back to town as a free agent in July.


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