(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.
– 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.
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.