The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday centre Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic thyroid leukemia.

Chronic tyroid leukemia is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is treatable with medication. Boyle said on a conference call Tuesday he feels as close to normal as he can feel and he expects to be in the Devils' opening night lineup.

The 32-year-old scored 13 goals and added 12 assists over 75 games split between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-17.

The Bolts sent Boyle to the Leafs in late February for centre Byron Froese and a 2017 second-round pick.

The American centred Toronto’s fourth line for the final stretch of the regular season and was a valuable presence in the playoffs against the Washington Capitals, producing a couple helpers as well as winning important draws in the defensive zone.