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Report: Boyes attending Florida camp on PTO

Sep 10, 2013, 2:15 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

Veteran winger Brad Boyes is on his way to Florida for training camp, according to CBS Sports Radio’s Andy Strickland.

Boyes, 31, enjoyed something of a career revitalization last year with the Islanders, scoring 35 points in 48 games alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson.

A former 43-goal scorer, Boyes signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Blues in 2008 and was traded to Buffalo at the 2011 deadline.

He struggled with the Sabres (see here) and took a significant pay cut last July by signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Isles. Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports Boyes was mulling over attending Islanders camp on a PTO as well.

The move to bring in another veteran — Florida signed Scott Gomez in late July — makes sense for the Panthers, who are in need of veteran presences. Tallon is on record saying the club expects to “go young” next season and rely heavily on its prospects.

Florida has been stockpiling high draft picks ever since 2010, the year Tallon joined the club, and now appears primed to show ‘em off.

In 2010, it was Erik Gudbranson (third overall), Nick Bjugstad (19th) and Quinton Howden (25th).

In 2011, it was this year’s Calder Trophy winner, Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall) and Rocco Grimaldi (33rd overall).

In 2012, it was Mike Matheson (23rd overall) and at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it was Aleksander Barkov (second overall).

All told, that’s seven top-35 picks, and a few others selected just outside the top 35 (Alex Petrovic, Vincent Trochek) that are ready to challenge for spots as well.

Should he make the team, Boyes will join a veteran leadership group that includes Gomez (33), captain Ed Jovanovski (37 years old) and blueliners Mike Mottau (35) Mike Weaver (34) and Brian Campbell (33).

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    If guys like Boyes are getting PTOs, it’s time for expansion. I’ve never seen so many good, experienced vets having to scratch and scrabble for a job.

    • silversun60 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      These PTOs are far more about the cap going down without a rollback in salary than an overabundance of talent.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Fair enough, but there was an article recently that put two hypothetical teams together with all the UFAs floating around earlier this summer, and long story short, they probably wouldn’t end up at the bottom of the league. Might not get into the playoffs either but they’d probably be better than Calgary or Buffalo anyway.

  2. islesjb - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I’ve been wondering all off season why Boyes had yet to stick with another team. With all of the youth on Long Island, he doesn’t fit into the future but he certainly showed that he is still a serviceable player putting up solid numbers on the Isles top line.

  3. withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I don’t even understand why the Islanders didn’t bring him back. Asking too much?

    • 19to77 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Neither do I. Bubble team, needs to keep up its momentum and definitely make the playoffs again this year. Guy’s good for 50-60 points on a good line. If he’s on a PTO he can’t have his contract goals set THAT high. Why not just toss him one year at $3,000,000 and see what happens?

      • withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        I agree. I don’t think he is that necessarily a really great player, but if he found his niche with Tavares and Moulson, why let him go? I agree he could put up 60 pts potentially in a really strong year along side JT.

  4. stevebass2 - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Could someone make a projection for what the lines will probably look like in Florida to start the season? With all these rookies coming into the lineup, it’s hard for me to figure out who will be playing with who

  5. pftfan - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    For all these people curious why Boyes isn’t being brought back by the Islanders should probably watch a few Islanders game from last season and not just rely on his point totals.

    He brought zero forecheck, super-soft play around the boards, and hurt the first line with his poor defensive ability, especially in the third periods of close games. He even got moved off the first line permanently during the playoffs.

    Not a bad guy by any stretch, but his .70 PPG is roughly what any league-average player would put up on a line with two 30 goal scorers. Whether its PM Bouchard or Ryan Strome, there was certainly room to improve on their first line.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      That’s a good point, and you would know better about his playing style than I would since I don’t see the Isles play better. Maybe Strome will start out on the wing on the top line.

      • withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        play a lot***

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