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Boyes to Isles: one year, $1 million

Jul 1, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

Brad Boyes AP

Brad Boyes will attempt to rejuvenate his career with the New York Islanders. The former 43-goal scorer with the Blues has signed a one-year, $1 million contract to join John Tavares and company.

Boyes is coming off a disappointing stint in Buffalo, where he had just 13 goals in 86 games after being traded to the Sabres from St. Louis in February of 2011.

With the Islanders, he’ll hope to forge a better relationship with head coach Jack Capuano than the one he had in Buffalo with Lindy Ruff.

“I want to play for a coach that I respect a lot and that’ll go a long way in the way that I play,” he told recently.

“That starts by communicating with off-ice stuff, saying hi, asking how the family is. Those things go a long way. I’m just looking for a coach that will do that to begin with. Once you get the personal side, then it’s the hockey stuff, with the coach communicating what he likes or doesn’t like about your play.

“I don’t need someone telling me every game, every minute or every shift if I’ve done something good or bad, but every once in a while it’s nice to hear some communication either way to know you’re part of the team and feel important.”

On Long Island, Boyes could see time on Tavares’ wing, particularly if the Isles don’t re-sign PA Parenteau (which it appears they won’t.)

  1. chrisr9040 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Good Riddance, Isle’s fans will be sick of your soft perimeter play soon enough

    • bcisleman - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      PA wasn’t much of a two way player either. BUF has a number of nice Fs, but nobody in JT’s category and, obviously, neither did St Louis. Suspect Boyes’ production numbers will be better than before.

  2. billsin20xx - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    OK Pegula, are you starting to see a pattern now ? It’s time for Ruff to go!!!

    • chrisr9040 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Two players (Roy’s the other) coming off horrible, career-low seasons complaining the coach was too hard on them doesn’t mean it’s time to fire the coach, it means its time to cut the dead weight off the roster. Lindy was asked to coach Team Canada in the Olympics, which obviously means he’s well thought of in the league. If he got fired he’d probably have a job the next day. Ruff’s not the problem, soft, heartless players are.

      • danphipps01 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        No kidding. Funny how I haven’t heard any players good enough that the Sabres DIDN’T kick their asses to the curb whining about how mean coach Lindy doesn’t like them very much. Just mail-in busts like Boyes.

      • billsin20xx - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:20 PM

        How about Vanek also complaining?
        How about the fact that almost every player we sign here produces a lot less then they did with their former teams, examples include Erhoff, Lieno, Torres and Boyes. Search the Buffalo news for a series of articles last week as to how much worse players that sign here play.
        How can anyone defend a coach of a team that didn’t even make the playoffs for a decade, but he still kept his job?
        It might be ridiculous that a players wants to be coddled and questioned about things like family, but a good coach realizes some players need things like that and does it.

  3. odj810 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    at 1 year and 1 M I think it was worth just about any team int he league to take a flyer on him. The bruins should have tried to add him to the mix for that price.

  4. buffalobills2012 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    do you want a coach that will wipe ur arse too boyes. Fact is that u had 1 good year and that was due to your linemates superior play. You, brad boyes, are a underacheiving bum.

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