Fantasy Impact: The New York Islanders have signed winger Brad Boyes to a one year deal worth $1 million.



The Islanders get: a forward who is on the decline, but is still quite young. Boyes will fill the void left by Parenteau, and just 18 months ago was widely considered 100 times better than Parenteau. What a difference a couple of poor seasons make.


Fantasy Players Impacted: Add me to the list of people who figured Boyes was done. I would have been surprised if he ever got 50 points again. BUT, this team is easily the best possible fit. Getting the ice time that he'll get, with the young, skilled guys (such as John Tavares) passing him the puck, there is a strong chance that he'll rebound enough to get the 50 points. 


This will take from the ice time of Michael Grabner, as well as Jesse Joensuu, who recently signed to return to North America. Also, Tavares playing on a line with Boyes is not as nice as playing on a line with Parenteau. Boyes has a lot to prove.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Boyes. Big time.


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Everyone else. But mainly wingers such as Grabner

2. prospect wingers such as Joensuu, Nino Niederreiter, Kirill Kabanov, etc.


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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... I think this hurts Bailey, Okposo and Niederreiter as it adds one more player into the mix of potential replacements for Parenteau on the 1st line. I don't think it hurts Grabner at all since he has never played with Tavares and Moulson in the first place.

fzusher, I agree that Niederreiter needs to play in the AHL, but one thing about the Isles is they love the empty calories of bonus-laden entry level deals counting against the cap which gives Nino a leg up in remaining with the big club and Strome, Kabanov, Nelson and de Haan a better shot at making the team as well.
July 01, 2012
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fzusher said:

... Rightly or wrongly, salary weighs into where different teams place you on the depth chart. So I wouldn't be worried about Moulson, Grabner, and Okposo (esp. Moulson and Grabner who can also play left wing; Boyes can't). To me, going into camp, they have top-6 spots to lose. And the way they sheltered Niederreiter last year suggests they will not throw him into a top-6 role this year. Ditto Kabanov. Both would have to force the Isles not to send them down for a year of AHL seasoning, and that actually helps both players long term. They need the seasoning.

So to me at this point Boyes is looking as the 4th top 6 winger, without hurting Grabner or Okposo. But it wouldn't surprise me if the Isles target one more center and winger for the 2nd line via FA or trade (target doesn't mean they get one, but players like Jokinen and Huselius come to mind) and form an intriguing 3rd line of Bailey-Nielsen-Boyes that'll give opponents tactical headaches because all three can play both C and W.

As for Joensuu, he didn't exactly set the world on fire in Sweden last year - 29 points in 50 games in Sweden do not translate into top-6 minutes in the NHL in my book. I doubt he's hurt by Boyes because I doubt he was slotted for the roles Boyes might play. To me at this point he is at best part of a potent 4th line with Martin and Reasoner/Cizikas.
July 01, 2012
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notoriousjim said:

... so okposo may not get first crack at a top line winger slot?
July 01, 2012
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