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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Brad Boyes -- RW -- #24

10-25-35 in 48 games

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After last night's loss to the Senators, the blame was laid squarely on the first line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes by coach Jack Capuano.

"Not very good. That?s all I?ll say,? he responded when asked by the media about the top line's performance. The line, which has also been used heavily as the top power play unit, had failed to notch a goal for the first time since March 7th, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers (but Moulson and Boyes still assisted on Visnovsky's goal last night).

Of course when a coach says he won't talk about something, that gives the media more reason to ask about it again. Capuano responded to the next question about the first line with a lengthy answer:

Tags: brad boyes, Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, matt moulson, News, Editorial Aside
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In the next few days, things are going to start moving very quickly. The NHLPA is currently voting on the new CBA, with that culminating at 8am on Saturday morning. The vote is electronic, so we should know the results fairly quickly and will hopefully, finally, make all of this official. The CBA requires approval by the owners and players before teams can start operating as usual, which is why this week has been exciting but still a bit of a wait while everything is in limbo. The owners approved earlier in the week, while the players are currently voting.

Training camps are tentatively set for Sunday, which could make for some very tired Sound Tigers. It really depends on how this all shakes out and what the rules are regarding bringing AHL players up for camp. The Sound Tigers play a triple threat this weekend; Friday night in Providence, Saturday night in Bridgeport, and late Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City. That means that the team may have to choose between whether to send players to camp or the game Sunday. It could also be a long week for any players who end up getting a call up on Monday.

LAST WORD ON THE SCHEDULE

I wrote more than enough on the schedule yesterday, so here's one last note before I stop beating the dead horse. The Islanders will have an afternoon matinee on the 21st, Martin Luther King Day (confirmed by Newsday), as is sort of a tradition. They have had a home date on MLK Day dating back to 2007. I've been told that the Islanders opponent is expected to be Tampa Bay.

Tags: brad boyes, Islanders, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside
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Over at CBS Sports Adam Gretz asks a question that's been on Islander fan's minds all summer -- what can be expected from Brad Boyes this season? Gretz has two interesting points:

A couple of things to consider:

1) When Boyes had his two best seasons his shooting percentages in those seasons were 20 percent (his 43-goal season) and 15.8 percent (his 33-goal season), by far the best of his career and numbers he's probably never going to duplicate. He topped even 10 percent just one other time in his career and has been below that mark in each of the past three seasons. Even if he plays alongside Tavares and Moulson all season they're not good enough to boost his shooting back up to that sort of level. That's because no center is.

Tags: brad boyes, cbs sports, john tavares, josh bailey, kyle okposo, matt moulson, michael grabner, News, NHL
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