Boyes 2 Men; Habs & Panthers Discussing a Trade?

With the 2014 Sochi Olympics now underway that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t continue to run rampant throughout the NHL, especially in Montreal. It is no secret that the Habs are in desperate need for a top line scorer and it is clear Bergevin is unwilling to truly “deal” for the teams’ top need (I.E Parenteau). However with that said one would have to think that a move will be made to bring in someone who can add some much-needed offensive punch. One name that is certainly going to garner some interest come the Trade Deadline is Brad Boyes and it has been reported that Montreal and Florida have been having on and off again discussions about making a deal with Boyes’ name at the forefront. With plenty of cap space come the deadline (just north of $9M) Marc Bergevin will at least have the financial flexibility to make a few significant moves if the opportunity presents itself.

Brad Boyes, 31, is a former 40 goal scorer who can add some much-needed offense and would be quite the upgrade at right wing. This season Boyes has not enjoyed much success in Florida (insert joke here) with just 26 points (15G, 11A) in 56 games. Now if you were to look at the current Habs roster his 15 goals would rank him third on the team and his 26 points rank him fifth. At a cap hit of just $1M and an impending UFA Boyes will draw some attention of many teams but if the rumours are true (are they ever?) and the Habs and Panthers are indeed discussing a trade Boyes may be a Hab by the deadline. The question is who would be likely to be heading down to Sunrise?

The asking price may not be as high one might think despite being on pace for 21 goals (highest total since 08-09) and 38 points (highest total since 10-11). After going unsigned he was invited to the Panthers camp on a pro-tryout with no guarantee and landed a one-year deal. Expectations may have been higher when paired on a line with Sean Bergenheim and young Finnish star Aleksander Barkov so the Panthers may be selling Boyes cheap. So I will pose the question once more, who would Bergevin send down to Sunrise in return?

Rene Bourque, 32, has been an absolute bust since the infamous deal involving Mike Cammalleri and this season has been no different scoring just eight goals and 11 points. Some may deem Bourque “un-tradeable” because of his contract which carries a cap hit of $3.3M for the following two seasons however the Panthers have just eight forwards signed beyond this season with a few remaining impending UFAs likely to find employment elsewhere. One would think Bergevin may be inclined to sell him cheap as well but we almost saw Bourque (rumoured to be alongside prospect Sven Andrighetto) dealt to Colorado in exchange for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. Does Bergevin truly feel the struggling Hab can draw some serious interest?

Douglas Murray, 33, has been public enemy number one since he inked his one-year deal with Montreal. His defensive play has been nothing to write home about and his skating ability, mainly his speed or lack there of, has been in question his entire career. Would his name garner any interest on the trade market? I for one would say yes as he does add size on the back end (6’5, 235 lbs) and has been known to bash a body or two which can be attractive attributes for a team looking to fill those needs. With an expiring contract and a $1.5M cap hit a team like Florida may be a possible suitor.

Now I mention Murray’s name because the Ottawa Sun had reported that Montreal was indeed interested in defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Only in a perfect world would a Murray/Kulikov deal happen but is a package deal of Bourque and Murray for Boyes and Kulikov that farfetched? The 23-year-old Russian rearguard has not lived up to high expectations for a Panthers team who are under a full-blown rebuild and teams have been made aware of his availability. Now it can be said that with the emergence of Nathan Beaulieu that Bergevin may not be in the market for a defencemen (history would prove otherwise) but an addition such as Kulikov could prove profitable for the right price.

With the March 5th Trade Deadline on the minds of players and fans alike, the Habs are sure to make at least one more move to hopefully bolster their lineup for another possible playoff run. Up to this point GM Marc Bergevin has made only minor moves unless you consider the Diaz/Weise trade to be anything more than that so today’s piece is merely adding a little fuel to the usual blazing fire that is trade rumours circling in Montreal.

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2 Responses to Boyes 2 Men; Habs & Panthers Discussing a Trade?

  1. Jared, I like these rumours. Boyes would be great, as he’s put the puck in the net with horrible linemates and no real ice time. He’d compliment the returning Galchenyuk nicely and should be of no real cost.

    Kulikov would be a great addition, especially if we let Markov walk. Lose one russian, gain a younger one. Kulikov is better offensively than he’s shown, but I see Florida asking for a fair return there. But we’ll see.

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    Nick M February 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm Reply
  2. My Utopic Deadline trades would be more or less …

    Canadiens – Panthers Trade:
    R. Bourque + D. Murray + 3rd Pick for B. Boyes + D. Kulikov

    Canadiens – Kings Trade:
    A. Markov for 1st Pick + T.Pearson + K. Clifford

    Robin February 11, 2014 at 2:28 am Reply

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