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Trade Bait: Brad Boyes

Mar 26, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Brad Boyes #24 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 9, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Capitals 5-2.
(March 8, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

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If there’s one thing the New York Islanders do exceeding well, it’s polishing diamonds in the rough. Brad Boyes can be considered one such example after his disappointing campaign with the Buffalo Sabres last season.

He inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Islanders and was given a chance to play on the top line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. Boyes has rewarded them with eight goals and 27 points in 32 games this season.

Some might argue that it’s playing on such an enviable line that has sparked 30-year-old forward’s comeback, but by the same logic, his struggles last season could be blamed on the fact the Sabres gave him just 13:10 minutes of ice time per game. Either way, Boyes has put up star-caliber numbers in the past, so if the Islanders start shopping him, they’re likely to find plenty of interested parties.

One such team might be the Boston Bruins, ESPN speculated. Boyes previously spent two seasons with the Bruins and has experience playing on a line with Patrice Bergeron.

Bruins is reportedly looking for a top-six forward and might bulk at the Calgary Flames’ asking price for Jarome Iginla.

At the same time, it looks like the Islanders’ first choice would be to keep Boyes. They’re still very much in the playoff race and are attempting to re-sign him, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

Still, trading Boyes might be Plan B if the Islanders don’t feel good about their chances of re-signing him.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Brad likes it on the Island and has great chemistry w/ his fellow Mississaugans JT & Matty. Only way I could see Isles parting w/ him is if it brought a frontline goalie or goalie prospect back. If BOS wants to part w/ Subban that might work.

    • bcisleman - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Putting my comment in other words, Garth isn’t trading Boyes for picks. It’d have to be too good a deal to pass up that brought back a good young player or a high quality prospect. Subban would be an example of a deal that might work for the Isles. If the LAK lose out on Iggy, maybe they might move Bernier for a package including Boyes.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Subban is untouchable, and for Brad Boyes (The most inconsistent player of this era) you’d be lucky to get a 35 yr old washup goalie. take the 4th round pick and walk away!!

      • bcisleman - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Then you won;t get Brad Boyes….or anybody else worthwhile I’m guessing. You have to give up something to get something. If Chiarelli has that same attitude, he may find himself with Subban still in his pipeline but the Cup being hoisted elsewhere

      • bcisleman - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        OBTW, Boyes would currently be tied w/ Bergeron for 1st in points on the Bs roster if he were on that roster.

      • bcisleman - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        BTW, it is mindboggling to me that Subban should be untouchable. The Bs have a 26 yo–or young–elite goalie who is likely to get better. He will probably be a dominant goalie for the next decade. Chiarelli has loads of time to develop another prospect to step in when Rask fades. If he can’t groom a suitable successor in 10 years, he should find another line of work! If I were giving up an asset like that, I might insist that Iggy sign an extension before I traded away a valuable asset like Subban. But making him untouchable with Rask as your #1 makes no sense.

  2. govtminion - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I always liked Boyes in his first stint in Boston, glad he’s turned out to be such a great asset for the Isles. I wouldn’t mind having him back, but like the article said, why trade a guy playing this well if the Isles still can get into the playoffs?

    Given a choice between Iginla or nothing, I’d rather have nothing-with the Flames wanting Malcolm Subban as part of a deal, I’d really rather the B’s not lose him.

    • islesjb - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      I think the only way the Isles would trade Boyes would be if he explicitly told them that he does not plan on re-signing next year. If that were the case, it might make sense to trade him now and get some value in return as opposed to letting him walk next year for nothing.

      • 19to77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Iginla, as great as he is, is overpriced right now. Feaster’s pulling a Howson – go figure, the second-worst GM in recent memory ALSO sucks at estimating trade value.

        It’s not that Iggy’s not great – he might even be worth that price tag – but he’s only waiving his NTC for a contender, and no contender is giving up that much depth and/or that many future considerations for this year’s run. The Rangers are experiencing what trading all your depth away for one big name can do to you – none of the four teams Iggy would waive for has a GM naive enough to risk that same mistake. They’ll wait, and try to pressure Feaster down a little.

  3. upyourstodd - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I remember the day I said I was glad to see Brad go. Now I want him back on the Bruins. I am a walking contradiction. Shame on me.

  4. trbowman - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Would be a mistake for the Isles to trade him. Even if they don’t qualify this year, that team is not far from the playoffs. The Isles have been a punching bag across the league for some time but the future is really bright there. JT is such a beast.

  5. 19to77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    “Bruins is reportedly looking for a top-six forward and might bulk at the Calgary Flames’ asking price for Jarome Iginla.”

    Seriously Ryan, I get that you write a lot of articles in a day, but this is just… bad, dude.

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