The Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers appear to be talking trade, and Brad Boyes could be the player that the Flames have set their sights on at the moment. Rumor guru Eklund mentioned that the two squads are talking about a deal in a post this afternoon, and the “trade wind” is worth a mention.
The Flames have had discussions with Florida regarding Boyes and could still move a D-man to Washington should the Caps decide to look that way. The groundwork is all there.
Boyes would certainly be an interesting addition for a Calgary squad that is quickly becoming somewhat of an island of misfit toys. Both Jiri Hudler and Lee Stempniak have both settled in nicely, while Joe Colborne could prove to be a savoy pickup sometime int he future.
The 31-year-old forward isn’t exactly a two-way mastermind, but the Flames seem mostly concerned with playing an entertaining go-go brand of hockey at the moment anyway. Boyes certainly fits in with that type of mindset. He’d been in Kevin Dineen’s doghouse earlier in the season, but that obviously doesn’t hold a lot of weight at the moment.
The Panthers are a team that has expressed interest in selling off just about anyone not named Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau a few weeks ago, so it isn’t surprising to hear that they’d move Boyes if the right deal came along.
Put the guy on a line with a talented center and he can do some damage, that’s for sure. While his reputation has taken a hit recently, Boyes still posted 35 points in 48 games last year and can score some goals if you’re willing to deal with some defensive lapses.