The Florida Panthers signed Brad Boyes for help in the offensive zone. While he’s clicked as a top-six forward, he’s left much to be desired in the neutral and defensive zone. Boyes has always been a solid point producer, but these are the same issues that caused the New York Islanders to pass on signing him for another year, why he didn’t stick with the Buffalo Sabres and why he didn’t fit in with the St. Louis Blues.
Lack of defensive responsibility.
Head coach Kevin Dineen has apparently seen enough from Boyes, and may even go as far as scratching him after only giving him two shifts in the third period on Saturday as the Panthers took on the Buffalo Sabres. Boyes is a player that can clearly score goals, but with the Panthers only down 0-1 in the final frame, he was benched.
That should tell you all you need to know about the cost-benefit analysis for Dineen on Boyes.
Brad Boyes, however, might not play Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay after being benched for all but two shifts in the third period of Friday’s loss to Buffalo. Boyes leads the Panthers with four goals, but Dineen hasn’t been too keen with Boyes’ play on the defensive side of the ice.
This seems to be a developing thing for several talented players around the league. We’ve seen the likes of Nail Yakupov benched for not bringing it as a two-way guy, and that trend seems to be continuing as teams struggle for ways to win hockey games. The Panthers don’t have a whole lot to be happy about at this point, and could seek to send a message to the rest of the young squad by benching a veteran like Boyes.