Brad Boyes eyes make-or-break season

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New York Islanders forward Brad Boyes faces an intriguing (and high-stakes) career fork in the road.

On the negative side, he went from a $4 million annual cap hit in his previous deal to a $1 million salary for one season in Long Island.

On the other hand, Boyes has a great chance to revamp his career. He spoke about the possibility of lining up alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson with NHL.com’s Brian Compton.

“I’m real excited … he’s a heck of a player,” Boyes said of Tavares. “He definitely stands out. He’s made a great combination with Moulson too. They complement each other very well. To get an opportunity with those guys, I think it’s going to be great. You never know, but I’m looking to fit in with those guys or wherever I fit in. If I do get a chance to play with Tavares, I’m going to take advantage and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

Things didn’t go well with Buffalo, but Boyes put up some impressive numbers during his time in St. Louis – particularly for a guy making $1 million.

His two standout seasons of 33 and 43 goals included unusually high shooting percentages, yet Boyes’ up-and-down path indicates that he’s a big X-factor for the Isles.