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Florida Panthers: Brad Boyes Has Bounce Back Season, Earns Extension

What started out as a buy-low opportunity on a veteran player turned into one of the biggest bargains in the entire league.

It seems like such a long time ago that Brad Boyes broke out in the 2007-2008 being one of ten players to surpass the 40-goal plateau. He scored the same amount of goals (43) in over twice as many games to start the season.

In that two year span Boyes scored 76-goals before not being able to top 17-goals in any of the next four seasons before signing with the Florida Panthers going into this season. With nothing to lose, and everything to gain Boyes signed an one-year deal worth $1 million – a far cry from his four year $16-million contract he signed with the St. Louis Blues.

Boyes got off to a strong start, scoring four goals in his first five games – including a two goal performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He finished with 21-goals, the only Panthers to break the 20-goal mark this season, and earning a multi-year pay day to stay with Florida. The two-year contract he signed is still a team friendly cap hit ($2.625 million), maybe more importantly it keeps a veteran presence in the locker room on a team with a  very young core.

While the season turned in by Boyes was one of the few bright spots last season, he was still producing at a rate that you would want to see out of second line right wingers, not your top guy. Boyes’ value goes up even more if/when the Panthers add another player either through free agency or by trade.

Because he played in Florida, Boyes was one of the better kept secrets last year – and one of the best bargains (in terms of goals) in the league according to

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