The 28-year-old Boyes had 12 goals and 41 points, tied for third-best on the Blues, but has lost his scoring touch in recent seasons. He scored a career-best 43 goals in 2007-08 and followed up with 33 the next season, but has totaled 26 goals in 146 games the last two seasons.
The Sabres were ninth in the Eastern Conference, two spots out of the final playoff spot, before Sunday night's trade. St. Louis is 13th in the Western Conference and is in rebuilding mode, trading defensemen Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson earlier this month.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis