Flames say goodbye to Boyd

Dustin Boyd has words with Flames coach, Brent Sutter during pre-game skate at the Saddledome...

Dustin Boyd has words with Flames coach, Brent Sutter during pre-game skate at the Saddledome before getting traded to Nashville. (Photo by DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Calgary Sun)

STEVE MACFARLANE, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:10 PM ET

Dustin Boyd's days as a Flames prospect are done.

The speedy forward was shipped to the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round draft pick.

He was part of a four-man fifth line in Wednesday's morning skate and has never lived up to expectations despite glimpses of brilliance in parts of four seasons with the Flames.

He had eight goals and 19 points in 60 games this season, on pace for a personal best in all three offensive categories. But aside from a few appearances in the top six forward ranks, his opportunities came mostly on the fourth line.

The 23-year-old Winnipeg product who stands 6-feet tall and weighs in at 187 lb. has plenty of offensive upside, and may in Nashville live up to the expectations that came when the Flames drafted him in the third round of the 2004 draft.

He had many good friends on the Flames team, rooming with winger Eric Nystrom and coming up through the Flames ranks with David Moss.

Boyd is making $650,000 this season on a one-way deal, and can become a restricted free agent July 1.


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