It appears more dominos could fall after Patrick Marleau became the first veteran unrestricted free agent to find a home during the season.
Boyle split last season between the New Jersey Devils and the Nashville Predators, scoring 18 goals - the second-highest mark of his career - and adding six assists in 73 games. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder also threw 145 hits and won 51.1% of his faceoffs, although he doesn't move around the ice as quickly as he used to.
The 40-year-old Marleau returned to the San Jose Sharks on a reported one-year deal for the league minimum ($700K) on Tuesday. In addition to Boyle, veteran names such as Dion Phaneuf, Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, Andrew MacDonald, Jamie McGinn, Adam McQuaid, and Scott Darling all find themselves unemployed with the season underway.