Could the Canadiens trade for Boyes?
The Fourth Period reports that the Montreal Canadiens are eyeing forward Brad Boyes of the Florida Panthers as a possible trade target to help with their scoring depth. Boyes, 31, is an experienced forward who can play both center and wing if needed and carries a cheap $1 million dollar price tag. Boyes has put up 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) and is a +4 on a below average club in Florida.
Marc Bergevin has been scouring the market for a top six upgrade for some time now and hasn’t been able to find the right deal. It is believed that all the deals Bergevin is looking for our to expensive for his liking and may opt for a lesser, but cheaper forward in Boyes. Many news outlets have reported that the Canadiens were looking at Evander Kane at one point and now the Fourth Period states possibly even Matt Moulson.
The Florida Panthers are obviously looking for futures if they are to deal one of their veteran forwards and the Canadiens could move one of their mid picks in this years draft, possibly a 3rd/4th round pick or they could opt to move someone out of Hamilton if they interest GM Dale Tallon in Florida.
If Boyes were to join the Canadiens soon we could see him jump on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta or fill in a top nine roll with Daniel Briere and Rene Bourque/Brandon Prust.
Other notable options that the Habs can look at for offensive depth are Patrik Berglund (STL), Marian Gaborik (CBJ), Michael Grabner (NYI), Jamie McGinn (COL) and Lee Stempniak (CGY). The options above all have different values that can range from low-high draft picks to current roster players and top prospects that may be traded to reach the value.