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Originally Posted by rt View Post
Would the Blues bite? Would they prefer Viktor Tikhonov?
I don't think they would, to be honest. Boyes takes a bit of a beating around here but he's really developed into a fairly complete player over the last three years. Some fans are frustrated because he's become more of a playmaker than a scorer, but he's still generating lots of good chances on offense and he's been our hottest forward the last 20 games or so (5G, 16A in his last 21 games). He's probably overpaid by about a million for his new skill-set, but that alone isn't enough to warrant moving him at a time when the team is hurting for offense and still looking to compete.

I like MacLean better than Tikhonov, and Boedker better than both of them, but I don't think any of the three are going to be developed enough to play a significant NHL role on the Blues next year. MacLean's not cracking the Blues top 6 anytime soon, and I don't think his game lends itself much to a bottom 6 role.

Boedker could probably contribute well in a bottom 6 role, but I think he's still multiple years away from really blossoming to the point where he would crack a top 6 job on the Blues. Some additional AHL development would probably serve his future well.

Tikhonov just doesn't do much for me, honestly. I don't ever see him playing much of a top 6 role on the Blues.

Another problem is that the Blues couldn't even really let any of these kids develop by splitting time between the AHL and NHL because I believe that all three players lose waiver-exemption at the end of this year.

The Blues are in a bit of a tough situation. They have a very young and talented core that's probably 3 to 4 years from starting to really peak from a production standpoint. They know this, and have committed to that process, but they're also pretty adamant about being competitive from now until the point where the core they have put in place really hits its stride. So, even though Boyes probably doesn't have a place on this team beyond the end of his current contract, they still value/need what he provides. I doubt he gets moved at all, but if they were to deal him they would probably be looking for a player more like Turris as the foundation for a return than the other three mentioned.

Boyes will easily be a better player than Turris the next two years, but Turris could definitely hold down a regular NHL slot immediately while contributing something tangible. The year after that next year, he could probably slide in to replace McClement when he hits UFA. Down the road a few years more he could easily be contributing in a top 6 role. He would be affordable for the duration of that time, and the pace of his development would be in line with the rest of the young core.

I have no idea if that would work for Phoenix, but that's my best guess as to what sort of return the Blues would be looking for to move Boyes at this point.

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