The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Brian Boyle to a three-year, $6.9 million contract.

Brian Boyle joins the Lightning.

Brian Boyle joins the Lightning.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a cap hit of $2.3 million per season, a reasonable contract for a checking-line forward. Boyle spent most of his time last season on the Rangers fourth line. He indicated he wants the opportunity for third-line duty.

The big center will get that opportunity with the Lightning, who now have a glut of depth down the middle as Boyle joins Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson. He also joins former Rangers teammates Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman.