The Ducks today signed defenseman Nick Boynton to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“Nick is the type of veteran defenseman we were hoping to add to our lineup,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He’s played over 500 NHL games and brings a physical presence to our team.”
Boynton, 30 (1/14/79), appeared in his ninth NHL season with Florida in 2008-09, scoring 5-16=21 points with 91 penalty minutes (PIM) and a +7 rating in 68 contests. He played in his 500th career NHL game on Mar. 28 at Dallas in a 6-3 Panthers win. The 6-2, 220-pound defenseman has collected 32-96=128 points in 505 career NHL games with Boston, Phoenix and Florida. In addition, Boynton appeared in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Boston from 2002-04, earning 1-5=6 points with 14 PIM.
A native of Nobleton, Ontario, Boynton represented the Eastern Conference at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game during a career year with the Bruins, when he established personal highs in games played (81), assists (24) and points (30). He scored a career-high seven goals a year earlier in 2002-03. Boynton made his NHL debut with Boston on Apr. 1, 2000 vs. the New York Rangers. He was named to the 2001-02 All-Rookie Team and the 2002 YoungStars Game during his first full NHL season.
Boynton was selected by Boston in the first round (21st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was originally selected by Washington in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to making his NHL debut, Boynton played with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League for four seasons (1995-99), serving as captain of the Memorial Cup championship squad in 1999. In addition, he was awarded with the Stafford Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player of the tournament. He was acquired by Phoenix with a fourth-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from Boston in exchange for Paul Mara and a third-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on June 26, 2006. He was then acquired by Florida with Keith Ballard and a second-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Phoenix for Olli Jokinen on June 20, 2008.
Boynton took part in a media conference call Thursday afternoon from Maui, where he is on vacation for the week. Following is a transcript:
On joining the Ducks,
I played against the Ducks for several years in Phoenix and they’re a great team. I couldn’t be happier to get a chance to play with them. I have a lot of respect for a lot of guys on that team and I’m really looking forward to playing for them.
I look at this as a great opportunity. Things haven’t gone so well for the teams I’ve been on in the last few years and it’s been a bit of a struggle at times. I just look at this as a fresh start and with the skill level of the players on this team, it’s a great opportunity and I want to take advantage of it.
Perry and Getzlaf and Niedermayer, they’re just all great players. Growing up I always liked the guys who could play the game all the way around, play a physical game and hit and score. They’re a fun team to watch. I couldn’t pick a better team to get the opportunity to play with and I’m just very thankful. I’m thrilled to be in Anaheim.
On what he brings as a player,
I like to think that I’m a hard-working, good teammate, good in the room. I just try to work hard and play the game the way I think it should be played. That’s just hard-nosed and playing decent in my own end and chip in once in awhile in the other end. Just work hard, be consistent and just bring it every night.
On last season in Florida,
Last year was a year I’d like to forget. We had a good chance in Florida to make the playoffs and we didn’t and that was really disappointing. This is a fresh start and I’m thankful to Mr. Murray for showing interest in me. I can’t wait to get the season started.
On playing for struggling teams,
I love the guys in Phoenix, but it’s been a struggle for the organization and Florida is no different. You get down in situations like that and you have to keep battling through. This team has won the Cup recently and has so many good young players and veteran players. I’m excited to be on a team that knows how to win.