In all likelihood, Dan Boyle is playing his final season in the NHL.

The veteran defenseman told The Record following Wednesday’s practice at Greenburgh, N.Y., that while "nothing is for sure," he is leaning toward retirement and not seeking another contract once his two-year, $9 million deal with the Rangers expires.

The 39-year-old said being away from his two young daughters gets tougher "more and more every year."

"You miss a lot of things," said Boyle, whose daughters, Eastin and Wesley, are 7 and 5. "At a certain point, you don’t want to miss it any more."

Boyle will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against one of his former teams, the Lightning, at Amalie Arena after being a healthy scratch in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs at the Garden. He scored the decisive shootout goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Ottawa, and he has three assists in 14 games.

It was the fourth time Boyle has been a healthy scratch this season, as coach Alain Vigneault has sought opportunities to rest him.