Monday, July 05, 2004

Boyd Devereaux leaves Detroit, signs with Phoenix

Boyd Devereaux has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, a one-year, $650,000 deal (with an option for another year) that could earn him up to $1.6 million if he reaches certain performance marks. Devereaux had been a restricted free agent but because the Red Wings did not give him a qualifying offer, he became unrestricted on July 1. The 26-year-old forward earned $1.6 million in Detroit last year, scoring six goals and notching nine assists while playing 61 games during his fourth season with the Wings. While not known for his offensive ability, the Coyotes are confident his experience gained while a part of the Red Wings organization will make him valuable to them. Phoenix GM Mike Barnett said
"We believe that Boyd can take on a more expanded offensive role with our hockey club after having played alongside many future Hall of Famers in Detroit. He brings the work ethic that it takes to win consistently in the NHL."
I don't think Boyd "De-void" Devereaux (the nickname he somewhat unfairly earned here in Hockeytown) will be all that missed by the fans in Detroit. He had his bright spots on the original "Two Kids and an Old Goat Line" during the 2001-2002 season as well as during the following year's training camp but a broken hand turned him into a shell of a fourth liner after that. Most of us have been waiting for him to get "it" back but it hasn't happened. The Wings were looking to bring him back for next season but at a lower price and it's likely that he didn't wait around because he knew he was not a priority like players such as Mathieu Schneider and Steve Yzerman are. I do think the Coyotes have overblown his talent a bit and that saying he has "elite speed" is a little ridiculous but they know what they're doing. It's sad to see him go but only because he's been in the Winged Wheel for long enough to have some nostalgia attached to him. Other than that, all I can say is good luck in Phoenix, Boyd. I hope you can get your game back.


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