Brad Boyes has taken quite a hair cut in free agency.
After two underwhelming years with the Buffalo Sabres — 13 goals in 87 games — Boyes signed a 1-year, $1-million deal with the New York Islanders. A $1 million deal for a team that might need some help getting to the cap floor next season.
As I wrote when Boyes signed his 4-year, $16-million deal with the St. Louis Blues — which came during his breakout 33-goal season in 2008 — the money was right for a player putting up those numbers, but the term was a mistake. The Blues passed that anchor over to the Buffalo Sabres in 2010, where he was frankly terrible. And not just terrible in the context of his contract.
Despite being near the bottom of the team in both hits and blocked shots, Boyes had his 513 consecutive games played streak snapped, and missed 15 total games to injury, and finished the year as a healthy scratch. He was always unwilling to park himself in the dirty areas of the ice, preferring to glide through and avoid contact.
At $1 million and a 1-year term, it's a harmless gamble for the Islanders. But welcome to Cheechoo Land, Brad Boyes.