Rangers get a boost with highly coveted defenceman Dan Boyle

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NEW YORK – The New York Rangers have boosted their bid to make another post-season run.

Defenceman Dan Boyle agreed to terms with the Rangers on Tuesday just after the start of NHL free agency.

Detroit and Tampa Bay were among the many teams expressing interest in the player with poise on the blue line and a right-handed shot from the point even though he turns 38 later this month.

Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points for the San Jose Sharks last season and led the team in playing time, matching up with top-line opponents for 21-plus minutes a game. Boyle has 144 goals and 561 points in 954 games with the Sharks, Lightning and Florida Panthers.

The Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals this past season for the first time in two decades.

Organizations: New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, NHL Florida Panthers

Geographic location: NEW YORK, Detroit, Tampa Bay

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