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From the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
As the rebuild continues, the Maple Leafs might not be much better, even under Mike Babcock. But the star coach will make sure that at least they put up a fight.
"Two things that irritate me the most are lack of preparation and lack of compete," he said. "That's not happening. We're going to get that fixed."
The Leafs should be motivated by playing for a new coach and needing to impress a new general manager, Lou Lamoriello. Phil Kessel's already gone, and almost no one on the roster is untouchable.
Management brought in several players on one-year, "prove-it" contracts. Shawn Matthias signed for US$2.3 million, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau $1.5 million, Matt Hunwick $1.2 million, Mark Arcobello $1.1 million and Brad Boyes $700,000.
They also have players with a year left on their deals, like centre Nazem Kadri, defenceman Martin Marincin (acquired from Edmonton) and winger Michael Grabner (acquired from the Islanders).
Toronto probably won't contend for a playoff spot, but it won't be because players aren't trying.
"We're not going to lose because of lack of effort this year," Kadri said. "It's something that's going to change. We're going to be a skating team, a team that is going to move quick and with pace."
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman summarized his "mini Hotstove" set of news items shared with Hockey Night in Canada viewers--because Sportsnet geo-blocks videos to Canadian IP's only--on Twitter:
1) SAT night newz...@DamoSpin reports Josh Harding returning in AHL this weekend, will be interesting to see if ends up in MIN or elsewhere
2) Several reports from FLA this week about potential UFAs being available, but hearing there is interest in [Brad] Boyes. Wonder if a fit in PIT.
3) VAN guarded on [Dan] Hamhuis injury (groin?), but hearing he will be re-evaluated in two weeks and he may hold off on surgery.
4) Other teams saying that EDM/PHI being careful, not make a move that hurts them long-term.
Sportsnet's Luke Fox expanded upon Friedman's report that the Florida Panthers might want to send their unrestricted free agents elsewhere:
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Florida Panthers' new owners plan on shaking up the team, with just about everyone who's not a top prospect up for grabs:
Three weeks into the season — and less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.
Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.
After making the playoffs two years ago, the Panthers haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected, especially after signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas.
While Viola and Cifu are willing to commit cash to the organization, the belief is they don’t want to throw good money after bad. The only thing GM Dale Tallon doesn’t want to do is trade any of the club’s good young prospects.
Continued with many more rumors...
ESPN's Scott Burnside's relieving Pierre LeBrun in the "rumblings" department today, offering "ramblings" instead. Among them:
Like most people, we’re fascinated to see how the Daniel Alfredsson experiment turns out in Detroit. But the one thing that we still can’t get over is that the NHL decided not to act on Alfredsson’s blunt acknowledgement that his previous contract with the Ottawa Senators was, in fact, a blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Alfredsson told reporters before training camp that when the four-year deal was signed neither side expected Alfredsson would play in the contract’s final year -- worth only $1 million in real money even though the cap hit was $4.875 million annually. It was exactly that kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge deal that the league had been warning teams about for years -- Alfredsson made $7 million in each of the first two years of the pact -- and which ultimately cost the New Jersey Devils mightily in their first attempt at a contract for the erstwhile Ilya Kovalchuk. The so-called cheat deals were, in theory, eliminated by new parameters put on contracts in the new collective bargaining agreement and the league’s position is that they are going to look forward instead of back. Good news for the Senators, but maybe in the spirit of CBA détente, the league should forgive the Devils the first round draft pick they must forfeit next spring for having done no worse than what Alfredsson admitted the Senators did in his case.
I'm curious as to why the Flames aren't being dinged for allowing Miikka Kiprusoff to retire early, too, but that's just me...
from Arthur Staple tweet,
#isles sign Brad Boyes to 1-year, $1 million deal.
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
CBCSports.ca: Do you think you can sign with a team Sunday?
BB: I’m hoping, too, but it’s tough because you don’t have a lot of information [on the direction of teams] before that day. If not, [my agent Pat Brisson and I] will look at the next day.
CBCSports.ca: When negotiating on your behalf, will your agent Pat Brisson speak to this past season as simply an off year and emphasize you have much to offer interested teams?
BB: Pat will probably say that I might not have been in the ideal situation [in Buffalo] playing in certain positions. I know what I can do and what I can bring [to a team].
It was a tough spot for me [in Buffalo] but next year I’m looking at wherever I go to get back to contributing [on the scoresheet], to having fun again, playing a more prominent role and to earn that again, not looking at anyone give it to you.
NEW YORK (September 25, 2011) – Buffalo Sabres forward Brad Boyes has been suspended for two preseason games for an illegal hit to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Colborne during a preseason game on September 24, National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:46 of the first period.
Boyes will miss preseason games tonight at Columbus and Friday at Washington. He is eligible to return Oct. 4 vs. Adler in Manheim, Germany.
A full explanation of Shanahan’s decision, complete with video, will be available on NHL.com later this evening.
added 4:44pm, watch the hit below… (thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer while I am still trying to recover from the Lions 3-0 start.)
added 8:28pm, Shanahan explains the suspension below (2nd video).
via Chris Kerber, St. Louis Blues broadcaster, tweet:
Brad Boyes has been dealt to Buffalo
Bob McKenzie, Twitter:
STL trades Brad Boyes to BUF for 2nd round pick in 2011. Done deal.
Update 11:50pm ET: Press Release -
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo in exchange for forward Brad Boyes.
Boyes, 28, was acquired by St. Louis from Boston on Feb. 27, 2007 and played five seasons with the Blues, appearing in 327 games, registering 232 points (106 goals, 126 assists) along with 106 penalty minutes. For his career, Boyes has skated in 472 National Hockey League (NHL) games, recording 335 points (145 goals, 190 assists) and 163 penalty minutes.
from Darren Pang of Blues.com,
Here’s what I have learned over the years when it comes to streaky goal scorers (and I had a few guys on my teams that would go dry for weeks and then light it up for 2 months): Confidence. Reassurance. Tell them to have fun with the puck and let ‘er rip. You also reinforce the other details like backcheck hard, block a shot and take a hit to make a play.
For Brad Boyes, last season will prove to be his worst as a pro. It will never be like this again, I will guarantee you that. His hands, vision and care for the game are too strong for the disappointment he endured last season.
He lives in Toronto, a mecca of hockey passion, in the offseason. You think he wants to answer the same questions from family and friends next summer about the season? Not a chance.
Nothing like a little pressure to test your character.
more topics on the Blues…
from Bob Boyes at CBC,
My son, Brad Boyes, is in his fifth year as an NHL hockey player, and has been the leading scorer on the St. Louis Blues for the past two years.
Who would have guessed that 27 years ago? Certainly not me.
Brad is the second of our four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom love and play sports still. We are a sports family.
As a toddler, Brad would play mini hockey in the kitchen whenever he could with his brother, mother, and/or me.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Boyes enjoyed a fast start, scoring five goals in his first six games, but he has scored just one goal since Oct. 25.
“I’m one of the guys who has to pick up my game offensively,” Boyes said. “I’ve got to put the puck in the net. I’ve got to get going again.”
Murray has been shuffling his lines for much of the season, due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of some combinations. The forwards have gotten used to working in different combinations.
Now he seems ready to reunite Boyes with Tkachuk (just one goal since Oct. 25) and Kariya (just back from the injured list) starting Friday night. In that scenario, Berglund would center Stempniak and David Perron on the No. 2 line.
from the CP,
He feels at home in St. Louis now and is ready to assume a leadership role with a young Blues team that has parted ways with veterans Jamal Mayers, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Salvador since last season’s trade deadline.
“I’ve always felt comfortable in junior in (a leadership) role and in the minors after a couple years,” said (Brad) Boyes. “I think that I’m getting to that point now where I’ve learned from some great players and I’ve sat and watched a lot.
“We’ve got our leaders, our head guys, but there’s no reason why I can’t help out too.”
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has signed forward Brad Boyes to a long term contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Getting Brad signed was one of our top priorities this season,” said Davidson. “We are counting on him to be an integral part of our offense for years to come.”
Update 2:02am ET: From the CP via TSN,
Brad Boyes, among the NHL leaders with 32 goals, signed a new US$16-million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
From Jeff Gordon at the St Louis Post-Dispatch,
The new Blues management team has done many things right while rebuilding this downtrodden team.
Near the top of that list was the decision to send offensive defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Boston Bruins for versatile forward Brad Boyes back on Feb. 27. This was wasn’t a big move, but it was very important.
“One of the best trades I’ve seen,” Blues goaltender Manny Legace said with a chuckle. “He’s been a key part of the team since he got here. I’m glad he’s here.”