Brad Boyes seems like the perfect fit for the Buffalo Sabres and also fits the mold of everything we had been told this week about the trade deadline. It proves the Sabres are going to buyers as Darcy Regier told us he would be and it is building for the future as Terry Pegula told us they would.
Boyes is a player that appears to have the tools to flourish in the Lindy Ruff system. He has great hands and offensive skill but he is also defensively responsible, as evident by his plus-11 rating this season. He also fits the mold as a player that was in need of a change of scenery.
Boyes numbers this season are respectable but not spectacular with the struggling St. Louis Blues.
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Boyes numbers have steadily declined in his four plus seasons in St. Louis but his 41 points and plus-11 rating are impressive for a team that is in 13th place in the Western Conference. He ranked third on the Blues in points along with Patrick Berglund and he was tied for the team lead with 29 assists.
It is still unclear what role Boyes will play for the Sabres. He is listed on NHL.com as a Center but his faceoff percentage is a meager 41.5%. Boyes has played mostly as a right wing with the Blues but the Sabres already have Drew Stafford and Jason Pominville playing on the right wing.
While I like this move for the Sabres, I can't help but wonder if they are done. Boyes will definitely take the role of Jochen Hecht as the number two center on the team but there are still so many questions. Do the Sabres want to get a true number one center? Will Tim Connolly still be a Buffalo Sabre? Does this move mean the Sabres are going to move a top six forward?
If nothing else, this gives the Sabres some hope and should make for an exciting Monday.