Brad Boyes, between picking up back-to-back spares this afternoon at the Sabres’ bowling fundraiser, said he’s as calm as can be heading into Monday’s trade deadline.
“I’m fine. Been there, done it,” said Boyes, who as a pending unrestricted free agent is a prime candidate to be moved. “I’m not nervous or anything. In years past I’ve been that way, but now I’m feeling just whatever happens will happen.
“If I’m still a Sabre I’m going to go and play. If I’m not I’ll play somewhere else. My whole mind-set is I’m going into practice tomorrow as part of the team.”
The Sabres’ players (minus injured Paul Gaustad), staff, broadcasters and alumni are gathered at Transit Lanes to take part in the team’s Bowl-A-Rama, but the decision-makers are said to be hunkering down in First Niagara Center. General Manager Darcy Regier, owner Terry Pegula, team President Ted Black and coach Lindy Ruff stayed away from the alleys to discuss the team’s options as Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline approaches.
“It’s out of our control now,” Sabres captain Jason Pominville said between frames. “It’s tough, but who knows what’s going to happen? The group might still be together, or it might not. It’s part of what we do. It’s part of what other teams do.
“I really do think it’s out of our control. We’ve done our part to do the best we can to gain some ground and get back on track. The team or the people in place will do what they think is best for the team and the organization.”
Gaustad, the Sabres’ other prime trade candidate, is absent after getting dinged up in a fight Saturday night during the opening shift of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers. A source said he hurt his shoulder. It is unlikely to be serious enough to impact his trade value.
Boyes has missed two games with a left wrist injury. If he remains with the Sabres, he is hopeful of playing Wednesday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.
“A guy kind of turned and shot the puck, and it kind of jammed my wrist,” Boyes told The News. “It was kind of a slap shot on my wrist. It didn’t feel good.”