Can change of scenery ignite Brad Boyes?
July, 1, 2012
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com
There may be no more wacky franchise in the NHL than the New York Islanders. We don’t care about the math, offering every draft pick you have in order to move up two spots in the draft, as GM Garth Snow apparently did in an effort to get the No. 2 pick from Columbus a couple of weeks ago, is nonsense. But the Isles have been very good at getting the best out of reclamation projects.
That’s why we’re curious to see how the Isles' latest scrap heap signing, Brad Boyes, turns out.
After watching Matt Moulson blossom into a legitimate 30-goal scorer for the Isles and P.A. Parenteau emerge as a top-notch playmaker after being discarded by a number of franchises, maybe Boyes can follow a similar trend.
With Parenteau apparently headed for greener pastures as an unrestricted free agent, Boyes was signed Sunday to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
The issue is whether Boyes’ ship has sailed or whether this is about a change of scenery potentially sparking a return to his glory days as a top-end NHL sniper.
Boyes tallied 76 goals for the St. Louis Blues in 2007-08 and '08-09 combined. But Boyes, once upon a time a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (24th overall in 2000), has managed to come up with just 39 goals in the past three seasons with the Blues and the Sabres, to whom he was traded at the 2011 trade deadline.
Still, with modest expectations and some terrific emerging talent, maybe Boyes regains his mojo on Long Island.