The Florida Panthers are ready to part ways with veteran forward Brad Boyes.
Per TSN, the club has placed Boyes on waivers for the purpose of buying out the last of his two-year, $5.25 million contract — one that carries a cap hit of $2.625M.
Per Cap Friendly, the buyout will cost Florida $833,333 in each of the next two seasons, while carrying a cap hit of $958,333 in year one and $833,333 in year two.
Boyes, 33, has spent the last two seasons in Florida and achieved a decent level of success, scoring 21 goals in his first year and 38 points last year — his highest total since 2011. That said, he did see a dip in minutes under new head coach Gerard Gallant this year.
The well-traveled journeyman could land with a new team once his buyout is complete. Though not the scorer he once was — Boyes netted 43 during the 2007-08 campaign, lest we forget — he can still produce on occasion and has proven durable, missing just eight games over the last three seasons.
Boyes is also one of the NHL’s all-time best in the shootout.
The Florida Panthers made some tweaks to its forward groups for Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as it looks like Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes will replace Brad Boyes and Tomas Fleischmann, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards.
Despite their fairly prominent spots among Florida forwards, the scratches probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Boyes’ and Fleischmann’s individual struggles. Boyes, 32, has one assist in his last five games. Fleischmann, 30, has gone four straight games without a point and only has three goals and five assists through 29 contests in 2014-15.
It’s not the only notable personnel move in this game, as the Penguins look primed to dress seven defensemen tonight.
Anaheim had a tough time winning during Corey Perry’s absence due to the mumps, but he was back on Sunday and that wasn’t enough to save the Ducks in their 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.
Nick Bjugstad led the charge for Florida, scoring a career-high four points after recording just three in his previous 14 games. He also collected his fifth career game-winner.
Panthers forward Brad Boyes had a big night too with two goals and an assist. Former Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau doubled his 2014-15 point total with a goal and an assist.
Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano accounted for the Ducks’ two markers. Emerson Etem assisted on both of those goals.
Anaheim has won just one of its last six games to drop to 11-4-4 this season. The Ducks have collected four consolation points over that stretch and they still lead the Pacific Division as a result, but Vancouver and Calgary are just two points shy.