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Predators acquire Brian Boyle from Devils for draft pick

February 6, 2019
Los Angeles Kings defensemen Dion Phaneuf (3) and Paul LaDue (2) scuffle with New Jersey Devils' Brian Boyle, second from left, an Kevin Rooney, right, at the end of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Newark, N.J. The Kings won 5-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have acquired veteran forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the June NHL draft.

The Predators announced the trade Wednesday.

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.

The deal gives the Predators both size and experience with forward Austin Watson currently suspended indefinitely as part of the NHL’s substance abuse program.

Boyle is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound center originally 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.

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