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UFA spotlight — Brad Boyes

Jun 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Brad Boyes (C/RW)

Age: 30

2011-12 cap hit: $4 million

The skinny: The former 40-goal scorer has had a bit of a bad time in recent years. Since that monster season in St. Louis, Boyes’ goal numbers have fallen off the table as if his name was Jonathan Cheechoo. In the four seasons since potting 43, Boyes has scored 72 goals and that includes a 33-goal season. Not good.

Boyes finished last year with just eight goals and proved to be one of many frustrating players for the Sabres. When wind up in the same conversation as Ville Leino when it comes to production, that’s not good. Boyes could be someone’s Plan C when it comes to finding a scoring forward. At this point now, he’s a depth guy you can’t bank on scoring goals the way he did just four years ago.

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  1. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Hmmmmmmm. Maybe a few teams could use him as a “tryout” around September. He’s still (somewhat) useful in a PP role, and in shootouts. Other than that, on a great day he’s a 3rd line guy. Really too bad: Coming out of the lockout Boyes really was allowed to flourish under the “new” rules. As refs began to allow obstruction again, and the game became wrestling on ice again, his numbers declined a little each year, finally hitting rock bottom last season.

  2. rsl22 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    He’s 6’0, 205lbs….not exactly a mighty mite. Shouldn’t blame refs for his lack of production.

    Parise is 5’11, 195lbs. I don’t hear him complaining about refs.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Not necessarily blaming anyone, just pointing out that the game (in which he was able to make himself useful) has passed him by, and probably won’t be coming back.

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