Bye, Bye Boyce, Hello Ovie

- February 25th, 2012

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a Maple Leaf and it had nothing to do with a trade or Rick Nash.

Forward Darryl Boyce, placed on waivers by the Leafs on Friday, was claimed by the Jackets ending the P.E.I. native’s time in Toronto where he alternated between the NHL team and the Marlies. A hard-working and useful fourth-liner, the Leafs knew they were at risk placing him on waivers, a moved probably designed to clear cap and roster space should any other transactions take place.

While Boyce heads out of town, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are the guests at the Air Canada Centre tonight and given the recent form of both teams, who knows what to expect?

The Caps figure to be a tad weary after Friday night’s home game,  a 4-1 win over Montreal. On the other hand, snapping out of their own funk might be the wakeup call Washington needs to get back in the playoff chase. Ovechkin, who had missed a couple of games due to injury, returned on Friday and scored his 25th of the season.

A couple of other reasons why the Caps might be dangerous. If they have any pride, they’ll be looking to avenge the 7-1 thumping they took from the Leafs earlier in the season. Also, Ovechkin is a proven Leafs killer, scoring 40 points in 25 games between the two teams. The once Great Eight also has had a knack of shining in the Hockey Night in Canada spotlight.

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