Trade recap and other stuff
Terry Pegula made this city a promise when he purchased the Buffalo Sabres. He said that the team would exist to win Stanley Cups, NOT to make a profit, a welcoming change from the Golisano regime. The first move was to waive Captain Benchwarmer, Craig Rivet, later claimed by Columbus. The second move and most interesting was to offload a second round draft pick to St. Louis for forward Brad Boyes. Boyes is listed at two different positions depending on the site you use. ESPN has him listed as a center, but Yahoo! has him listed as a right winger. For Buffalo’s purposes, he will be used as a winger.
A few fun facts about Brad Boyes for you to snack on:
-The Sabres are Boyes’ 5th team, with previous stints in St Louis, Boston and San Jose after being drafted by Toronto.
-He had a career best 43 goals back in 2007-08 with the Blues, and had 33 goals in 2008-09. However, his production has since dwindled and he only amassed 14 goals and 42 points in 2009-10, and prior to coming to the 716 had netted only 12 goals.
-He was born in Mississauga, Ontario.
-He played with Steve Montador and Tim Connolly on the Erie Otters of the OHL.
-He grew up as an Ottawa Senators fan (according to a Canoe.ca interview from 2008).
-He was previously involved in a trade with the Sabres dealing with Jeff Jilson, Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore.
Game 1 of the Post-Terry-Pegula Trade Deadline was against the New York Rangers to start a 7 game road trip, the longest of the season. He was to the right of Tim Connolly and Tyler Ennis, a pretty good move on Lindy Ruff’s part because Boyes and Connolly played together in Erie a long time ago. In the middle of the second period, at the 13 minute mark, on his first shot, on a powerplay, he scored on what ESPN.com called “a pretty feed from Paul Gaustad.” (At this point on Twitter, @FakeDarcy was going insane because he actually thought he did something productive). And in hallway I was in, the cheers were abundant. It was pandemonium…which quickly left because they gave up another goal 45 seconds later; but order was restored and the Sabres walked out of MSG with a 3-2 victory.
Last night, the Sabres skated into Carolina looking to tie the Hurricanes for 8th in the conference. After a shot from the point from Andrej Sekera hit goaltender Cam Ward, Boyes picked up the rebound and knocked it in giving the boys in blue a 2-1 lead…one which they would relinquish less than 2 minutes later, and eventually the game was lost a mere 26 seconds into OT. The loss leaves Buffalo 2 points out of 8th place, thanks to the Minnesota Wild defeating the Rangers.
All is not lost in the world, Sabres fans. Being 1-0-1 with 3 points is a good start to this road trip. If Miller can learn to stay in the crease, we’ll all be better. And if Mr. Boyes continues his goal a game click, he’ll hit 33 goals. I’d take a goal a game for a second round pick any day of the week. And the best part is that he’s signed for another year at a modest $4 million. It’s not a 17 game rental!
It’s a move for the long term. Congrats Darcy on FINALLY breaking the cycle.