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OXFORD, Ohio – Former Miami University defenseman Dan Boyle agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Rangers on the first day of National Hockey League free agency on Tuesday.

Boyle is a 16-year NHL veteran who has tallied 561 points (144 goals, 417 assists) in 954 games with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks. He spent his last six seasons with the Sharks, where he posted 269 points on 68 goals and 201 assists in 431 games. He posted 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in his final season in San Jose.

Over his career, Boyle has played on 10 playoff teams and put up 70 points (14 goals, 56 assists) in 107 games. He became Miami’s first Stanley Cup Champion in 2004 when he hoisted the trophy with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boyle spent four seasons at Miami from 1994-98 and finished his career with 147 points (40 goals, 107 assists) in 148 games. That point total still ranks 11th in school history while his 107 career assists are the third most posted by a Miami player. He still owns the single season Miami record for points by a defensemen when he registered 54 during the 1996-97 campaign, one that saw MU make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

With 954 games played, Boyle is also the RedHawks’ record holder for most NHL games played. The Rangers are coming off a Stanley Cup Final appearance this past season.