If there is one thing that the Avalanche are good at (and right now the list is short), it is their ability to turn around careers. Sure they are not always successful but when they actually focus on players with real talent, they seem to do well.
The 4 million dollar monkey in Buffalo? Why none other than Brad Boyes. He is 29 and has averaged 25 goals a season in his nearly 500 NHL games. Is he the next Cheechoo? Not at all. Cheechoo benefitted from having Thornton passing to him and Boyes had a bunch of seasons with players who produced 30-35 assists a year (ironically his 43 goal season came with Kariya who produced 49 assists alongside him). While Cheechoo continued to struggle, Boyes actually went to Buffalo and was on pace for 20 goals and over 50 points (if he played 82 games with them). Those numbers are not worth 4 million but the fact his shot totals have dropped to about 2 a game rather than the 3 he averaged earlier in his career, he is an interesting option for Stastny's wing. Give Boyes someone who can really set him up (and provide him with quality ice time) and the Avs may have the sniper they need to compliment the Stastny line. It is time to bring Brad Boyes to Colorado and all it will take is spending a little bit of money on a gamble that may pay off big.