Bye, Golly! Regier’s first post-Tom deadline starts well

(WECK 1230) — I’ve been far from a fan of Darcy Regier as Sabres general manager in the past few seasons, but rest assured that his acquisition of Blues forward Brad Boyes is solid first step for the embattled GM.

In giving up a second-round pick, Regier isn’t making a massive risk in acquiring Boyes, but anyone who utters the names “Raffi Torres” or “Dominic Moore” is trying way too hard.

Consider:

– Boyes has another year on his contract.

– Boyes has more career goals than Moore and Torres — shouldn’t we call them “Moores?” –combined.

– Boyes has thrice placed in the NHL’s Top 50 in scoring, once netting the fifth-most goals in the league (43 in 2007-08).

– While Boyes has acquired these numbers on poor teams — like Moore and Torres — his time on ice has been steady, and he didn’t experience his break-out season out-of-nowhere statistically.

That said, as friend of the show Greg Wyshynski pointed out, some Blues fans are tickled to finally be rid of the allegedly streaky Boyes. The forward inspired this Zhitnikesque artwork below and to the left.

"If Brad Boyes was in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition....." according to St. Louis Game Time

Blues fans’ writing about Boyes seem to echo those of Sabres fans on Jason Pominville. “Overpaid” and “erratic shooting” are thrown around. Fact is, I’d take most teams’ Pominville in a second. He’s a defensively-responsible player who holds his own in every area of the rink.

Finally, it’s not like this trade is a risk in any other way than financially, as Boyes makes $4.0 million next season. Plus, the Sabres may lose the same figure in Tim Connolly before the deadline, and almost certainly after the season.

When you add in the potential “money-in, money-out” approach of another potential trade coming and Craig Rivet ($3.5 mil cap hit — $1.75 mil staying with Buffalo) being claimed by Columbus, it still doesn’t say all that much about a jungle cat’s stripes changing.

Hear an interview with Boyes, post-trade, here.

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10 Responses to Bye, Golly! Regier’s first post-Tom deadline starts well

  1. From the hockey nerds I’m reading, Boyes is a one-dimensional scorer and hasn’t been a good one for a couple years. Maybe another change in scenery can kickstart him. This is the kind of move that makes sense for both sides.

    That $4M next year really inhibits the possibility of signing a big name FA in the offseason, though.

  2. [...] “Nick Mendola“ “Blues fans’ writing about Boyes seem to echo those of Sabres fans on Jason Pominville. “Overpaid” and “erratic shooting” are thrown around. Fact is, I’d take most teams’ Pominville in a second. He’s a defensively-responsible player who holds his own in every area of the rink. [...]

  3. keller says:

    I live in St Louis…been to dozens of game and have never seen or heard of ‘Brad Boyes’…are you sure this guy isn’t from Peoria?

  4. Bernie Federko says:

    “The Sabres lose $9.5 million next year in addition to the $3.5 in Rivet.”
    Exactly! Could make for a fun offseason!

    Off-topic: What song did you play with the Iverson “practice’rant on the intro to your show tonight? I haven’t heard it in years, and forgot the name. I want to search it on Itunes.

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  6. That $13M number is deceiving considering you’d have to replace Connolly, Grier, Niedermayer, Rivet and Montador with that. And some guys like McCormick and Weber will probably want a raise. And Myers’ pay day is looming next summer.

    Unless the Sabres wish to go with all kids and go crazy on one guy, a big signing isn’t happening. Boyes is technically a big FA signing.

  7. Nick says:

    True on Boyes, but $13 mil w/ $900k being Kassian, $750k or so being Adam, $800k for Enroth, $570k for Byron. $750k being one of their young D prospects isn’t all that much. McCormick should be a raise but not much more than $1mil+. Weber I don’t think has much leverage at all, too. So yes fans should know it all has to come out of the $13 mil… plus there’s Stafford. If Regier is unchanged, he could make a lot of money from someone else setting his salary/market.
    http://nhlnumbers.com/teams/BUF?year=2011