Boyes on the move?

Brad Boyes leads Florida with 14 goals. He will be an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. The Panthers are 8 points outside of the final playoff spot.

For all those reasons, the ex-Bruin will draw attention on the trade market prior to the March 5 deadline.

Boyes, who has been riding with Sean Bergenheim and Scott Gomez, is with his sixth NHL organization. Boyes’s experience and offensive touch would be an asset for a playoff team searching for offense on the right side. Two of Boyes’s goals have been on the power play. In the second period, Boyes finished off and odd-man rush by burying Nick Bjugstad’s cross-ice feed.
The Panthers invited Boyes to camp and they signed him to a one-year, $1 million deal on Sept. 28. He had been a healthy scratch for the Panthers’ last visit to Boston on Nov. 7. The next day, the Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen.

10 Responses to Boyes on the move?

  1. razer1818 says:

    Boyes too Leafs for 5th Rd pick – 4th if the make conference final… Adds scoring depth at Centre

  2. razer1818 says:

    maybe not if Bolland will be back before the break as they were saying last night

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Love how the Leafs are getting no respect, TSN stil has them ranked 22nd in the league after 23rd last week. Yet the Leafs sit aren’t even a wildcard team. The Leafs have won 22 games while being outshot yet the narrative remains ‘the Leafs can’t keep winning if they get outshot’. Not to mention people still harping on a midseason lull (pretty much ever team hits a losing streak) saying ‘that’s the real Leafs’. It’s a bit much, trade Kadri, trade Lupul, Kessel sucks anytime a player disappear for 5 games :O

    I’m sick of reading Statsny (a guy the Avs couldn’t give away last summer, in a contract year now and will suck again next year, he also skates about as well as Jason Allison) and ROR (wow 45 center that can back check? Trade the farm for Dave Bolland lite).

    The Leafs are far from perfect but when their top two lines are clicking there isn’t a team in the league the Leafs can’t walk all over. I can’t see teams like TB or Montreal really having that dimension in the playoffs. The Leafs are a double edged sword, it’ll be a matter of whether or not the Leafs are running hot or cold going into the playoffs.

    Still would like to see a Volchenkov type blueliner add some much needed stability to the blueline (Gleason but more is needed) and hope Bolland returns to form.

    Gardiner – Reilly for all the growing pains are starting to be really fun to watch. Both untouchables IMO.

    • doorman says:

      I love the way that pairing skates and am not for trading Gardiner for no reason, but RFL’s suggestion of a Gudbranson type would be awesome. I know there are those who like the thought of Ekblad, but that is not going to happen.

      As for a Volchenkov type dman, yes, I like it. Is he old yes, is he still under contract, yes but those are the types of players who win in the playoffs. The sacrifice everything guys that nobody wants to play against.

      • mapleleafsfan says:

        I would never move Gardiner for Gudbranson. Honestly, shutdown D-men are overrated and have little value compared to more offence oriented guys. They rarely pan out as expected, and there are always some available in FA/trade market for a reasonable price. Gudbranson is big, but he’s an offensive black hole. Not first line material (which we hope Rielly will be). He wouldn’t do a better job than Gleason who we got for less than free. Sure, he’s still young and can develop but so is Gardiner.

        It’s like if we ever have a high draft pick again, I HOPE we learned our lesson with Schenn and never grab a defensive minded Dman again. It just doesn’t work. The best pairings in the league all have guys that chip in on both ends of the ice. Seabrook/Keith, Pietro/Bouwmeester, Markov/Subban etc. Not interested in having a guy who’s only play is drill the guy in the corner and chip it off the glass.

        • realistic_leafs_fan says:

          Shut-downs are not guys to build around, but they make great compliments to guys like Rielly. You are forgetting Chara/Seidenberg, Bieksa/Hamhuis, Doughty/Muzzin, Karlsson-Cowan/Methot, Coburn/Timonen, Weber/Josi, Enstrom/Bogosian etc.

          It is more common and easier to find a shut-down guy that can play with your offensive d-man. If we could find a guy like Gudbranson to play with Rielly and sign a Girardi for Phaneuf.

          Phaneuf Girardi
          Gleason Franson
          Rielly Gudbranson

          I’m pretty happy with that going forward with the guys like Ranger, Percy, Grandberg, McWilliam etc in the system.

          I get your point, but what are the chances of the Leafs getting a Seabrook/Boumeester type to play with Rielly?…and Gardiner is not even close to one of those style of players.

    • leafmeister says:

      The Leafs now have 2 months of mediocre/bad play that was painful, but they still survived, and now 2 months of really solid play. I’d look to add a veteran d-presence for depth and shelter for Gardiner/Rielly/Franson come playoff time. What would it take to get Henrik Tallinder from Buffalo?

      JVR – Bozak – Kessel
      Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin
      Raymond – Bolland – Clarkson
      Ashton – McClement – Bodie

      Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
      Gleason – Rielly
      Tallinder – Gardiner

      This way Franson could see very limited minutes against the other teams top lines, where he has been awful, and would allow him to play limited minutes and focus on the PP. The young guys would each have a shutdown presence to balance with their offensive creativity.

      I’d put those top 3 lines, assuming everyone is healthy, against any Eastern conference except for Boston.

  4. doorman says:

    Would anybody still take a shot on Myers? If so what do you think would be needed to get him or what would you give up to get him?

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      A busted blueliner that can’t even look good in front of Ryan Miller, good luck surviving in Toronto.

      • Gambo says:

        I don’t like him, but ii’d take a shot at him. Wouldn’t give up what Buff would want though.

        Adam Larsson is a guy i’d go after. 2 way dman with high upside, would love him with either Rielly or Gardiner.

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