Islanders trade for Dan Boyle

The New York Islanders have acquired the negotiating rights for impending unrestricted free agent Dan Boyle, the team announced.

The Isles traded for the veteran defenseman, sending back a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft to the San Jose Sharks that will become a fourth-round pick should Boyle sign with the team.

Boyle, 37, is coming off a six-year, $40 million dollar deal with the Sharks. He had 12 goals and 36 points for San Jose this season and is regarded as one of the most smooth-skating, mobile defensemen in the game.

If the Isles are able to get him under contract, this will be the second time this spring they have gained a solid veteran player in this type of trade.

The Islanders signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $18 million deal last month after obtaining an exclusive negotiating window via trade with the Washington Capitals. The Isles sent back a fourth-round pick in that trade.