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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Nick Boynton to a three-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Nick is a tough, skilled defenseman who will add a physical presence to our blueline," said Phoenix Coyotes' Managing Partner - Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "He is a great addition to our solid young corps of defensemen."

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.

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