This morning on Twitter, ESPN anchor and NHL writer John Buccigross stated that a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. In follow-up discussions, he stated that the deal killer was Gaborik's shoulder surgery, which he underwent on June 1st. The injury will sideline him up to six months.
Marian Gaborik has two years left on the five year, $7.5 AAV deal he signed with the New York Rangers that started in the 2009-2010 season. Dan Boyle has two years left on his $6.66 AAV deal.
Boyle's deal includes a limited no-trade clause, which came into effect on June 30th, 2012. His NTC stipulates that he can choose 8 teams that he will not accept a trade to, which gives the Sharks flexibility in negotiations.