Fantasy Impact: The Buffalo Sabres have traded for sniper Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues. In exchange, the Blues will receive Buffalo’s 2011 2nd round draft pick.


The Sabres get: A former three-time thirty-goal scorer who has struggled to produce consistently over the past two seasons. The Chris Stewart acquisition last week was probably the final nail in the coffin for Boyes as a Blue. This trade also indicates that the Sabres intend to be buyers at the deadline – don’t expect to see them move a player out unless it is a ‘hockey’ move (not for futures). Boyes is somewhat similar to a few wingers in Buffalo, most notably Drew Stafford. He’ll provide an immediate boost to their PP, as he has one of the best one-timers in the league (although you wouldn’t know it from watching him miss the net and fan on shots all season).


The biggest reason for his offensive decline – a lack of confidence. He does have 26 points in his last 29 games, though. Must be nice as a Sabres fan to see the team take on a $4 million salary instead of trying to shed one.


Fantasy Players Impacted:

This trade boosts Boyes’s value in the short term, as a change of scenery will probably give him some added incentive to pick up his play. In St. Louis, this opens up a spot in the top six for Matt D’Agostini, and it also may indicate that the Blues are ready to throw the towel in on 2010-11.


It creates a bit of a log-jam up front for the Sabres, and takes away ice time from Stafford, Nate Gerbe, and Tyler Ennis. Buffalo has a pretty decent set of forwards as it stands – Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy (injured), Tim Connolly, Boyes, Stafford, Ennis, and Gerbe. Don’t forget about Zach Kassian and Luke Adam, either.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Boyes

2. Derek Roy (next season)

3. D’Agostini

5. Connolly (if he isn’t traded)

6. TJ Oshie

7. Vladimir Tarasenko (long-term)


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Gerbe

2. Stafford

3. Paul Byron


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JW said:

maya has the knife
Buffalo Nice start, now get us a backup goaltender, Pegula!
February 28, 2011
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hockeytowner said:

exciting Yes, as a Sabres fan it is very exciting to welcome a $4 million dollar salary to Pegulaville. Looks to be the first of many moves.
February 28, 2011
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lusshouse said:

Let's say I agree? Then who'd be the C, if they play him with Vanek and that they deal Connolly out?

I was trying to get Boyes BEFORE he got dealt, but his owner decided to be patient "in case". Just need to know if it's worth putting the extra "oumph" to it, or if he'll be sent back to 3rd line role as he got stuck in STL.
February 28, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... I'd imagine Boyes will probably get a shot at playing on the top unit with Vanek.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Tim Connolly may be on the move tomorrow....
February 28, 2011
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lusshouse said:

Expected lines? Has Lindy Ruff indicated how he plans to shuffle his lines with Boyes in?

Where does Boyes fit in?

Connolly - Vanek - Pomminville
Hecht - Stafford - Ennis
Gaustad - Gerbe - Kaleta
Niedermayer - Grier - McCormick

Connolly - Pomminville - Stafford - Vanek - Leopold
Ennis - Gerbe - Hecht - Myers - Butler

Is he really 3rd line, 2nd PP material only in Buffalo? Shouldn't they try him on a top-6 role?
February 27, 2011
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Nate said:

... This would help Vanek as he would probably slot in with Vanek and Roy on the top line no?
February 27, 2011
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