The first move that directly affected the Sabres happened in hour two, as the New York Islanders signed former Sabre Brad Boyes to a one year deal for one million dollars. Boyes was acquired by the Sabres at the Trade Deadline last season, and has not lived up to expectations at all with the Sabres. The Islanders are hoping that he may have something left from his days in St. Louis.
Boyes scored eight goals and fifteen assists in 65 games this season, and never lived up to his 4 million dollar salary that he had with his last contract. Before Buffalo, Boyes had a few strong seasons in St. Louis, where he scored 33 goals in 2009 and 43 goals in 2008.
Coming into the free agency period very few people believed Boyes would be returning to play with the blue and gold. The Sabres originally looked to Boyes as a top six center, but he showed that he was not up to par. With the acquisition of Hodgson as well as the emergence of Ennis at center, there was very little use for Boyes in Buffalo anymore.
Boyes did an interview with CBC that was published today in which he makes it apparent that he was not the biggest fan of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. That interview can be read here.
What do you think about Brad Boyes after his year and a little more stint in Buffalo? Will you miss him at all? Free agency coverage continues all day long on SabreNoise and if any moves involve the Sabres we’ll have it for you. As for the Islanders, they also made one other move, signing former Ottawa Senator Matt Carkner.