He’s not about to replace the offence of the departed Phil Kessel but right-winger Brad Boyes may be able to help the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs signed the 33-year-old UFA to a Professional Tryout Offer (PTO) on Thursday.
Boyes, from Mississauga in the Toronto area, had a strong season last year with the Florida Panthers, winding up going 14-24-38 and finishing plus11. But the Panthers are making room for youth and bought out Boyes’ $2.6 million contract at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Listed at 6 feet and 195 pounds, Boyes is the third player be given a PTO from Toronto this off-season, joining Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi.
One area Boyes is particularly strong may be an area no longer of so much help. He’s got a 44.8 percent shootout goal-scoring ratio and has 39 career shoot-out goals, second only to Jonathan Toews’ 4o goals in the shootout. However, as pointed out by Sportsnet, with the NHL going to 3-on-3 overtime there is less likelihood that games will get to a shootout.
In 762 NHL games for San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Panthers, Boyes has 203-278-481. Despite playing all those games over 11 season, he’s only been in 17 Stanley Cup play-off games, scoring 3 postseason goals.