BOYNTON & ADAMS CLEAR WAIVERS
Wednesday, 06.27.2007 / 3:58 PM MT / Features
By Chad Lynch
COYOTES BOYNTON & ADAMS CLEAR WAIVERS
On Thursday, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton and center Kevyn Adams cleared waivers. Boynton and Adams had been originally been placed on waivers Wednesday morning, giving other NHL clubs a 24-hour window to claim Boynton or Adams before they remained property of the Coyotes.
“I think in the new NHL and cap world, you’ll see this type of stuff go on a little more often,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. "Having flexibility financially in a cap system is important, especially at this time of year.”
Boynton, who has two years remaining on his contract, recorded 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) and 138 penalty minutes in 59-games.
Adams has one year remaining on his contract and posted 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 33 games with Phoenix last season.
“In Nick’s situation, we do have pretty good depth on the blueline and felt that if Nick was picked up by someone else, it would open up a better opportunity for a younger player,” said Maloney.
“The same goes for Kevyn. Kevyn’s a good player, he’s a hardworking kid, however, at his age, if we (did) lose Kevyn, (then) a younger player (would) fill in.”
While the Coyotes do have the option of buying out the contracts now that Boynton and Adams have cleared waivers, Maloney made it clear that that is not part of the team’s plans.
We don’t intend to send them down, or buy them out, nothing along those lines,” said Maloney. “This was simply an opportunity to create some roster room and cap room. You don’t like to give away NHL players for nothing, however, money is important in this type of system.
“They’re back, they’re Coyotes and we’ll work with them. I certainly think in both of their cases, they can play better than they did last year. Nick Boynton was an All-Star a couple years ago and we need to get him back to that level of play and Kevyn Adams is a very good role player and we need him to be a very good role player.”
Also on Wednesday, Coyotes’ scouts Gus Badali, Charles Henry, Willy Lindstrom, Blair Reid and Evzen Slansky were relieved of their duties.
“Part of why I was hired was to review the organization, not only the players, but also the staffing internally and I just felt that there were moves that I needed to make at this point.”