After six years in San Jose, Dan Boyle -- the Rangers' most significant offseason acquisition -- is going coast-to-coast.

"I was just on the phone with the movers,'' said Boyle, who is uprooting his wife and two young daughters to the New York suburbs. "We're pretty close on finding a place near the practice rink.''

With relocation on the front burner, Boyle, 38, a staple of the Sharks' blueline and the highest-scoring defenseman in team history, wasn't at all concerned last week that he hadn't spoken with coach Alain Vigneault about his role.

"They got me for a reason,'' said Boyle, who signed a two-year, $9-million contract in the first hours of free agency on July 1. "I'm not going to re-invent myself; they know what they're getting.''

Indeed, what the Rangers -- who unexpectedly climbed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years before bowing to the Kings in five games -- hope to receive is abundantly clear: an experienced, competitive, mobile defenseman with an accurate, right-handed shot who can quarterback a power play that has been wildly inconsistent for several seasons.

Essentially, Boyle is being asked to fill two vacancies: that of second-pair defenseman Anton Stralman, a free agent who left for Tampa Bay and a five-year, $22.5-million contract, and at the point on the power play, where center Brad Richards, whose long-term contract was bought out, was deployed.

"There's going to be some pressure, I know,'' said Boyle, who had six goals and 18 points with the man-advantage in what he termed a subpar 2013-14 season. "I'm just going to try to help, maybe provide some different looks.''

Overall, Boyle's offensive numbers were down, but he rebounded after missing seven games last October with a concussion from being boarded from behind by St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre.