Lightning fans are letting nostalgia creep in again when Brad Richards was bought out from the New York Rangers, making him and Dan Boyle both available.
Their agents helped fan the passionate flames when they both told Tampa Bay Times reporter Joe Smith that both Boyle and Richards would be open to returning to Tampa:
Agent for @BRichards_1991 says veteran would “certainly respond positively to interest from Tampa.” Unclear, however, if Richards is a fit
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 21, 2014
Agent has said Boyle would be interested in reunion with #tblightning, still has home here. Question is if role and $ would be a fit
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 18, 2014
Let’s step back for a second. They’re both jobless and looking for work. They’re not going to say they would not have interest. Smith noted in another tweet that he questions if Richards would be a fit, despite a need for more veteran leadership.
The Lightning have a lot of reasons for Richards and Boyle to be excited about playing in Tampa again like working with Stamkos, Hedman, Bishop, Palat and for Richards, a reunion with former Rangers teammate Ryan Callahan. (Though I’m sure a functional ownership, front office and coach sure helps.) But, we’re pretty good at center.
Boyle, though, would have to be happy with playing reduced minutes. After paying a good chunk for Eric Brewer, Cooper has found the key for the veteran’s effectiveness is to limit his minutes. Boyle’s at the stage of his career where he can’t stay out there all night without letting five goals pop in.
I’ve written here before that in all likelihood, the nostalgia he would rather relive is probably joining his Dallas Stars buddies in Glendale, Ariz., with the Arizona Coyotes. Dave Tippett is there, so is Mike Ribeiro and Mike Smith, who was sent with Richards to Dallas. Maybe him and Shane Doan can make things work, too.
Boyle? I don’t know. Maybe Marty St. Louis will complain that his buddy is gone and he needs another Bolt retread like Dan Boyle or maybe beg that they acquire Vinny Lecavalier. He ought to instead concentrate on feeding Rick Nash the puck.
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