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Boyes to Isles: one year, $1 million

Brad Boyes

Buffalo Sabres’ Brad Boyes takes a shot during hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The Sabres taken on the Philadelphia Flyers in a first-round NHL playoff series. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Brad Boyes will attempt to rejuvenate his career with the New York Islanders. The former 43-goal scorer with the Blues has signed a one-year, $1 million contract to join John Tavares and company.

Boyes is coming off a disappointing stint in Buffalo, where he had just 13 goals in 86 games after being traded to the Sabres from St. Louis in February of 2011.

With the Islanders, he’ll hope to forge a better relationship with head coach Jack Capuano than the one he had in Buffalo with Lindy Ruff.

“I want to play for a coach that I respect a lot and that’ll go a long way in the way that I play,” he told recently.

“That starts by communicating with off-ice stuff, saying hi, asking how the family is. Those things go a long way. I’m just looking for a coach that will do that to begin with. Once you get the personal side, then it’s the hockey stuff, with the coach communicating what he likes or doesn’t like about your play.

“I don’t need someone telling me every game, every minute or every shift if I’ve done something good or bad, but every once in a while it’s nice to hear some communication either way to know you’re part of the team and feel important.”

On Long Island, Boyes could see time on Tavares’ wing, particularly if the Isles don’t re-sign PA Parenteau (which it appears they won’t.)