Nick Boynton, right, of the Florida Panthers, battles with Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers on March 26, 2009. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

Free agent defenceman Nick Boynton has signed a one-year, $1.5 million US contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim Ducks off-season

Coming Gone
Nick Boynton, D F. Beauchemin, D
Saku Koivu, F Chris Pronger, D
Joffrey Lupul, F
Luca Sbisa, D

Team general manager Bob Murray said Boynton's experience will be a valued addition to the squad.

"Nick is the type of veteran defenceman we were hoping to add to our lineup," Murray said in a statement. "He's played over 500 NHL games and brings a physical presence to our team."

Boynton, 30, joined the NHL in 1999.

He's played for the Boston Bruins and Phoenix and was traded to the Florida Panthers in June 2008 in a deal that saw Olli Jokinen head to the Coyotes.

The defenceman appeared in 68 games with the Panthers, last season recording five goals, 16 assists and 91 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-two 220-pound Boynton, who has Type 1 diabetes, has played a total of 505 NHL games, collecting 32 goals and 96 assists in total.


With files from The Canadian Press