The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 06/17/11 at 02:55 PM ET
There’s some talk in the local media that the Sabres might or should consider getting out from under the final year of the contract of forward Brad Boyes, but I’m not buying it.
His productivity with the Sabres during the regular season would put him on pace for 20 goals and 55 points over a full campaign. Those stats would’ve made Boyes the second leading scorer on the team. And having one stinker playoff series against the Flyers to me just isn’t enough for Darcy Regier to give up on him.
Take a look at how Drew Stafford performed this past season in his contract year. He had a disappointing playoff series himself but certainly had a lot to do with the team’s turnaround that got them there in the first place.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to project Boyes as a 20-25 goal guy this season. He’s already done better than that three times in his career, and age-wise he’s still on the good side of 30. The discussion about a buyout to avoid paying $4M for this kind of player sounds like silly talk.
The only Sabres buyout candidates that would seem to make any sense are Jochen Hecht ($3M salary) and Shaone Morrisonn ($2.075M). I’ll be mildly surprised if Buffalo goes that route with either of them.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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