Tragic news out of New Jersey as former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with leukemia. "It's just a thing you have to deal with, and that's for us to deal with", Boyle said.
The type of leukemia Boyle was diagnosed with forms in bone marrow. Boyle was a constant on the 4th line and played a significant part in the team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014. During a conference call Devils team internist, Dr. Michael Farber said that they discovered it early in bloodwork performed during team physicals prior to training camp. However, unlike the other players, Boyle was not cleared to practice or play immediately. The Devils signed Boyle to a 2 year, $5.5 million deal over the summer.
'Relative to that big ugly L word [leukemia], it's good news, ' Boyle said.
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"It is beyond fair to say that he took me under his wing", said Chris Kreider, who shares a Boston College heritage with Boyle and shared the room with him for the final two-plus years of his Blueshirt tenure after No. 20 arrived on the cusp of the 2012 playoffs. He previously played for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, developing a reputing as a gritty, defensive-minded center while registering 169 points in 624 National Hockey League games. "We have a good plan of attack and I look forward to getting on the ice and playing".
Farber said the Devils "are awaiting further testing results that will help guide management in any possible return to play".