COYOTES ACQUIRE NICK BOYNTON & 4TH ROUND DRAFT CHOICE FROM BOSTON IN EXCHANGE FOR PAUL MARA & 3RD ROUND PICK
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Nick Boynton and a 4th round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Paul Mara and a 3rd round draft choice in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
"You need only look at the physical components of the elite teams in the Western Conference to know that the addition of a young, hard-nosed two-way defenseman is a plus for our hockey club," said Barnett.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Boynton played 54 games with Boston, collecting 5-7-12. Boynton also ranked second on the team with 93 penalty minutes (PIM) and averaged 20:38 minutes of ice time per game which ranked 3rd among all Bruins.
The 27-year-old native of Nobleton, Ontario had his best season in 2003-04, when he recorded 6-24-30 and 98 penalty minutes in 81 games with Boston. Boynton set career highs in assists (24), points (30) and games played (81) and represented the Bruins at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game.
In his first full NHL season (2001-02), Boynton was selected to the NHL All-Rookie team after registering 4-14-18 and a career high 107 penalty minutes in 80 games. In 299 career NHL games in six seasons with Boston, Boynton has recorded 22-62-84 and 397 PIM.
Boynton was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (21st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the NHL, Boynton had an outstanding junior hockey career with the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 1999, he was named to the Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team and was also named the Memorial Cup Tournament MVP. In addition, he was named to the 1996 OHL All-Rookie Team. In four seasons with Ottawa, Boynton collected 41-144-185 and 410 PIM in 218 games.
The 26-year-old Mara played 78 games with the Coyotes last season, recording 15-32-47 and 70 PIM. In five seasons with Phoenix, the 6-foot-4, 219-pound blueliner, registered 38-104-142 and 268 PIM in 323 games. In seven NHL seasons with Tampa Bay and Phoenix, Mara has collected 52-126-178 and 381 PIM in 424 games. Mara was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round (7th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Coyotes on March 5, 2001 along with Mike Johnson, Ruslan Zainullin and a second round draft choice in the 2001 Entry Draft in exchange for Nikolai Khabibulin and Stan Neckar.