It must feel good for Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier to be a buyer for a change at the deadline.
His new owner Terry Pegula gave him the mandate to spend money to build a winner and Regier wasted little time starting the effort by acquiring sharp-shooting forward Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round draft pick in a midnight move.
Boyes comes with a $4 million annual price tag and another season left on his contract, a hefty price for someone who has scored only 26 goals in the last year a half, with only 12 of them this season. But the Blues, who have now officially raised the white flag, haven’t exactly been an offensive juggernaut in that time. And Boyes did score 43 and 33 times in the two seasons before that, so maybe a change of scenery will help him regain his touch.
Boyes certainly is durable – he hasn’t missed a game since the lockout and he is only 28 years old. A fresh start and a new system might be the ticket for him, but if not, the Sabres, under Pegula, can at least afford it.