Friday, February 27, 2009

Nick Boynton's Been A Bad Boy!

Update (11am Saturday):

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the reason why Boynton got sent home:

I spoke to Nick Boynton by phone on Friday, and as you might expect, he said, "I’m pretty upset about waking up this morning and getting sent home." He also said he was still in a little bit of shock.

I understand where Boynton is coming from. I also understand where coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Jacques Martin are coming from.

I think the argument between DeBoer and Boynton after Thursday's game was a little more heated than Boynton described it -- although Boynton admitted he raised his voice and used an expletive when asking DeBoer if he was good enough to play -- but definitely not so intense that Boynton charged in and got in DeBoer's face.

Boynton said DeBoer and Martin told him he put himself before the team and was selfish in approaching DeBoer after the game. Boynton says anyone that knows him knows that he's not.

I tend to believe him based on my previous dealings with him -- he always talks about "team" and takes responsibility for his mistakes -- and watching him interact with teammates. Boynton is very much liked in the dressing room. (Several players said Friday afternoon they still didn't know why Boynton had been sent home)

According to the Miami Herald:
Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team's three game road trip. Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team's decision to send him back to South Florida. It's possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers. Boynton was benched for the third period of Thursday's comeback win against the Rangers and there have been rumors general manager Jacques Martin was even thinking of waiving Boynton. Martin confirmed that Boynton had been sent home but wouldn't go into further detail.

I wonder what the heck he did that was so out of line that he's being sent home and possibly being traded or waived!

Interesting fact that I found out about Nick Boynton when I googled his name, he has Type 1 Diabetes, which he was diagnosed with at age 19{ Video about that on NHL Network} Interesting to me because I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes myself a year and a half ago at the age of 23.

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