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Rangers' Dan Boyle not looking to fade away at age 38

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle celebrates after

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in the third period of a game on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: AP / Mark Humphrey

GREENBURGH, N.Y - At 38, Dan Boyle doesn't want his free-agent signing with the Rangers to be misconstrued.

"I want to be clear that I'm not here to just kind of fade away into the sunset," the defenseman said Friday. "I'm here to win. Even before they went on their run to the Final, I wanted to be here."

Boyle, who played the last six years with the San Jose Sharks after stints with Tampa and Florida, has totaled 144 goals and 561 points in 954 regular-season games and was brought in on a two-year, $9-million deal to quarterback the power play.

With the man-advantage, the Rangers scored 12.6 percent of the time during the playoffs. Only five of the 16 playoff teams were worse.

"You guys know what I was brought here for, what my attributes are," he said. "This team likes to play an offensive-type game, and that's exactly what I want to do, get the puck out of the zone as quick as we can and keep it in the other end as long as we can."

Boyle, a righthanded shot who had 18 of his 36 points on the power play last season, cautioned that while he hoped to make a difference, "it takes five guys; one guy's not going to come in and change everything . . . everybody that's out there is going to have to be accountable to turn it around."

On Friday, Boyle skated with Marc Staal, who praised the veteran blueliner.

"He's a very skilled, very smart player, who can move the puck, has a great sense of the game," Staal said.

As a Ranger, Boyle is re-united with Martin St. Louis, his teammate when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004, and with whom he spoke before signing.

"He's a remarkable story," Boyle said, "and for us to find each other this late in our careers is pretty special. We [now] live five minutes from each other . . . I'm sure I'll be leaning on him for all the little things away from the game."

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