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Boyes Settles In

With an impressive 2013-14 season, and a new two-year contract, Brad Boyes has settled in with the Florida Panthers.

Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 2:30 PM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Boyes Settles In
With an impressive 2013-14 season, and a new two-year contract, Brad Boyes has settled in with the Florida Panthers.
Forward Brad Boyes scored a team-high 21 goals in his first season with the Panthers. It was the fourth 20-plus goal campaign of his career (Getty Images).

Brad Boyes
arrived at Panthers training camp in September as a bit of a wild card but finished the season as one of the club’s most consistent offensive players.

After spending the 2012-13 season with the New York Islanders, Boyes, signed a professional try-out with Florida prior to training camp and then promptly earned a one-year contract. Boyes got off to a fast start to the season registering five points in Florida’s first five games (4-1-5) while establishing himself as one of the team’s goal scoring threats.

The 32-year-old winger was an ideal fit for the Panthers this season as his veteran-scoring prowess was an excellent complement to Florida’s young talent, including linemates Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. The Panthers liked what Boyes brought to the team so much that they locked him up to a two-year contract extension at the trade deadline.

Boyes, whose savvy ice presence and goal scorer’s touch, especially when it comes to the shootout, would have made him a valuable commodity on the free agent market, said the level of comfort he and his family felt in South Florida was a big reason why he decided to stay with the Panthers rather than waiting to test free agency in the offseason.

“The one thing was, I liked the position I was in,” Boyes said. “I’ve been on a number of teams, moved around a lot. To get an opportunity and feel comfortable in a spot. It doesn’t always work out other places.”

The Florida Panthers bright future was another big reason why Boyes decided to stay on board.

“I’m just looking forward to the next couple of years and seeing how far and how much we’re pushing to win here,” he said. “We enjoy it down here, my wife and my kids like it down here, plus the direction of the team and where we’re going.

“There is lot of talk about us really making a push for guys, and they really want a winning team down here.”

The veteran winger experienced Florida’s immense potential firsthand as he spent most of the 2013-14 season playing with the club’s rookie centers; Barkov and Bjugstad. Boyes, who was impressed by Barkov’s two-way game and Bjugstad’s quick release and impressive speed, said the young centers each have their own distinctive style.

“Both of them, they bring different elements but they’re both very effective.” Boyes said on his experience playing with the two centers this season.

With his new two-year deal, Boyes will play an important role in the future for the Panthers both on and off the ice. Boyes, who made his NHL debut in 2004 with San Jose, has spent a lot of time playing in the NHL around the league. He will undoubtedly use this voluminous rolodex of NHL veterans to act as an ambassador for potential free agents.

“I’ve played with a lot of teams, I’ve played with a lot of guys,” Boyes said. “I’ll be talking to guys. If guys have questions or anything, I’m more than happy to help out in any way that I can. For me it’s been a positive experience. It’s great down here. I don’t know why guys wouldn’t want to play here, it’s awesome.”

Last fall, Boyes joined the Panthers as something of an unknown entity. Now he is signed through 2015-16 and will be a key part of Florida’s plans moving forward. Looking forward to next season, Boyes is no longer an unknown. Instead, he is a player who will be counted on to add leadership and a scoring punch to the Panthers roster.


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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
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12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
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