Okay, so maybe it’s not the big splash of T.J. Brodie, or even the ripple in the pool of Wayne Simmonds, but Travis Boyd is definitely in or around the water in some way.
🖋️ We've signed Travis Boyd to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 10, 2020
From the press release:
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Travis Boyd to a one-year contract valued at $700,000.
Boyd, 27, split his 2019-20 season between the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears (AHL). In 24 games with the Capitals, Boyd recorded three goals and seven assists before adding a goal in four Stanley Cup playoff games. The Edina, Minn., native has registered 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 85 NHL regular season games and has appeared in six career Stanley Cup playoff games, recording a goal. He has skated in 221 career AHL regular season games, all with Hershey, and registered 172 points (57 goals, 115 assists). He has three goals and 14 assists in 33 career Calder Cup playoff games.
Boyd was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
At $700k, it’s easy to like affordable depth, and Boyd could easily be in competition for one of the 4th line roles next season, including the 4C position.
Boyd isn’t really a physical presence or imposing player. He hasn’t been bad offensively, but he’s be quite good defensively…
Part of me wonders if Boyd will take on a penalty killing role, and come into the lineup on the road when there is a need to insure defensive matchups off the line change.
I also reached out to MerOutLoud for her analysis on the signing:
What’s a Travis Boyd
Also I am drunk at a birthday party so like I can do it but it’s gonna look like this:
Travis Boyd plays hockey for the leafs now. The end.
I think that sums up the opinions of many on Travis Boyd at the moment, but we look forward to learning more in the near future.
At the end of the day, bring me all of the $700k players you can and have them duke it out for bottom six roles in training camp. Depth is good, situational usage is good, and being able to call up the hot hands from the Marlies is a good option to have as well. If Travis Boyd fits with that, good on Dubas for doing some quick business on Thanksgiving weekend. We just want to see even more of it.