Assistant GM Jason Botterill scouted Boynton’s last game
There have been strong indications that the Penguins efforts at this moment are more towards upgrading their blueline than at the forward position.
According to sources, the Penguins held an organizational meeting today about Anaheim Ducks defenseman Nick Boynton.
Boynton, 31, was placed on waivers today but he has been of interest to Pittsburgh for sometime.
As noted during free agency, Boynton was one of Pittsburgh’s targets along with Jay McKee.
Boynton has one goal and six assists in 42 games this season, which includes a plus-1 rating and 59 penalty minutes but has been in and out of the lineup due to the emergence of young defenseman Brett Festerling.
Boynton has a cap hit of $1.5 million, after signing a one year deal with the Ducks last summer.
Boyton’s last game was Tuesday January 26th against the Atlanta Thrashers and Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill was in attendance and Botterill was believed to be scouting the Ducks.
With the roster freeze February 12, sources indicate if Pittsburgh is to make any roster moves, this will be the week.
Pittsburgh is believed to be at least mulling the possibility of making a claim, however, a player on the roster will have to be moved.
What I do know is that Pittsburgh doesn’t like Boynton’s salary.