Sabres add scoring punch with Brad Boyes

Full marks to Buffalo Sabres’ GM, Darcy Regier, who addressed the teams’ biggest need by going out, a day prior to the trade deadline, and obtaining former 40 goal scorer, Brad Boyes, from the St. Louis Blues. Already without key scorer, Derek Roy, Buffalo, who are sitting just outside of a play-off spot, badly needed more offense and that’s what they got from Boyes, who has scored 13 goals and 42 points in 63 games this year. This deal comes only days after Terry Pegula was officially named the Sabres new owner. “This is a new era of ownership,” Regier said. “The parameters are different. I think what Terry has done is open up an area that we haven’t had the ability to go to before. And that’s positive.” Regier was referring to the luxury of having the resources and the green light to go out and obtain a key player for the stretch run. Buffalo, who surrendered a second round pick in the deal, obtained a former 2000 Toronto Maple Leafs’ first round draft choice, who has twice scored 30 or more goals in a season. Boyes, who is only 28, will join the Sabres as they embark on a seven game road trip beginning on Tuesday night at Madison Square Gardens, against the New York Rangers. This could be a make or break trip for Buffalo, who are only two points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot. “For us to be able to add someone who is going to contribute offensively … it’s important,” Regier said. “It’s an important message to send to the players”, In a recent six game homestand, where the Sabres went 2-3-1, they only managed 12 goals; which probably was the final decision factor in making the deal. Despite having what has been a sub-par season, there is still lots of excitement among the players in adding Boyes, who is a six year veteran. “I think it’s huge,” Vanek said. “Any time you can add scoring to your lineup it’s going to help out. The guy’s proven, and I think he’s going to fit in good here.”

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