Boyd was a healthy scratch five straight times before returning to the lineup for the last three games. Boyd failed to score a point after a goal in the opening game of the season against Toronto. In Saturday’s game against Ottawa Boyd logged six minutes and nine shifts, most of the minutes with Maxim Lapierre and Tom Pyatt.
Boyd is on a one-way contract which means the Canadiens will be responsible for the rest of his 650-thousand dollar one year contract.
The Canadiens have been carrying the maximum twenty-three players since Andrei Markov rejoined the team from injury reserve. It’s not clear whether the Canadiens will replace Boyd on the roster. Of the training camp standouts, Ryan White scored his first goal of the season during the Hamilton/Binghamton game at the Bell Centre Friday night. The most productive members of the Bulldogs are centre David Desharnais, leftwing Max Pacioretty and defenseman Yannick Weber. The Canadiens are already carrying two extra defensemen, so the Weber option seems to be out.
Inevitably, the rumour mill will begin to speculate that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier will use the cap space made available by the removal of Boyd from the roster to sign an available free agent such as Bill Guerin. Also in the mix is the future of defenceman Ryan O’Byrne who has been a healthy scratch eleven straight games.
The Canadiens acquired Boyd from Nashville in return for the troubled Sergei Kostitsyn and unrestricted free agent goaltender Dan Ellis and future considerations on June 29th.