The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday that they have acquired veteran forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the June NHL draft.
Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points in his 12th NHL season, and he also has 88 hits in 47 games with New Jersey this season. Boyle won the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after battling chronic myeloid leukemia.
Boyle was drafted 26th overall in the 2003 draft held in Nashville by Los Angeles, and he has played 740 career NHL games with 211 points. He also has blocked 513 shots and 1,498 hits and played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 with the New York Rangers and 2015 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boyle has 28 points in 111 career postseason games.
The deal gives the Predators what they need since forward Austin Watson is currently suspended indefinitely, as part of the NHL’s substance abuse program.
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