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BOYES STAYING?: Florida's Leading Scorer Says He Wants to Remain with Panthers, Agent Talking with Tallon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Brad Boyes is one of Florida's top trading chips as the NHL deadline fast approaches.

On Saturday, Boyes said he would like to stay with the Panthers and he confirmed that his agent has been in talks with general manager Dale Tallon about a new contract.

Boyes, who got a one-year deal from the Panthers after a training camp tryout, leads Florida in goals (17) and points (28).

Tallon didn't travel to Columbus and apparently is working back in South Florida.

"I would like to stay,'' Boyes said. "There have been talks back and forth. We'll see what happens.''

Defenseman Mike Weaver, also a pending free agent, could be moved by Wednesday as well. Weaver was scratched from Saturday's lineup not because a deal was in the works but because coach Peter Horachek didn't like Weaver's play from Thursday.

"Everyone has to be accountable in certain situations,'' Horachek said. "We have to make decisions each night."



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I really hope they keep Boyes and resign him

Boyes will be a UFA at seasons end, and, if you
take Viola at his word, The Panthers will be players
in the UFA market in the off-season. Why not see what assests you can acquire for Boyes now, and, if you
like his game so much, try and re-sign him in the off-season?

At the end of the day, you really have to wait until the season ends, and the draft is over, to see exactly where you stand, and what can be done to make yourselves a better Hockey club for the upcoming season.

This season is over for The Cats(sound familiar?), so keeping guys around that are UFA's(and over 30) at the end of the year, and that you could always bring back,
doesn't make much sense to me. Get what you can for them.

IMO, the only guys I would consider bringing back would be Weaver, Goc(not sure if he has a year left on his deal or not), and POSSIBLY Boyes. Barkov, Bjugstad, Huby, and Gudbranson are stiil on they're ELC's, if I'm not mistaken, and Flash and Bergy still have a year left on they're respective deals. Youger guys like Kulikov(RFA) and Matthias(not sure what his contract status is, I think he signed a 1 year 1-way deal at the beginning of the year) should be retained.

Guys ilke Gilbert & Jovo need to move on, IMO, and Upshall, while he has moments, is an injury waiting to happen.

This team has the potential to be one of the younger, stronger clubs up the middle with Barkov, Bjugstad, and Trochek waiting for the call up. Unless you get a couple of quality wingers to form a LEGIT top line(not one that has 2nd and 3rd line guys being forced into 1st line TOI), and address the situation in goal, it'll be the same old story year after year, unfortunately.

The only players I would keep are
Barkov, Bjugstad, Shore, Gudbranson and Kulikov

If Huby only playing 10 minutes and his confidence shot, he needs to go to the AHL

Everyone else with the panthers (not those still in AHL or college) you can have

Power play and penalty kill are where u see effort and outworking the other unit comes into play and for 15 years the lack of effort has been the problem

Tallon needs to clean house and bring in players willing to give the effort it takes to win

Attitude adjustment badly needed

I would add Dylan Olsen to the keep list.
Does anyone know if the team has asked Brian Campbell to name 8 teams he would accept being traded to, according to his modified no trade clause? He is the second highest paid defense man in the league only beaten by Chris Letang by a narrow $100K. With this kind of money they pay him the team could easily get two solid defense men.
No luck on Jovanovski, no one would ever take him on with his one year contract remaining and big (too big) contract.
Fleischmann has to go. Our highest paid forward and the least productive. I'm still wondering why they call him Flash.
I can only hope the new owner is serious and increasing the Cap Payroll to at least $65 million next season. All teams who are at the low $50 million this year are at the bottom of the standings with the exception of Colorado. Kudos to Colorado!

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