Flyers claim Boynton to add to defense corps

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, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed defenseman Nick Boynton off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. He is expected to join the team in time for Saturday's game in Ottawa.

Boynton had recorded a goal and seven assists in 41 games so far this season. The Blackhawks had acquired him from Anaheim at last season's trade deadline and he went to play in three post-season games for them, including the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 in Philadelphia.

Originally the ninth overall selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Capitals, the 32-year-old has recorded 34 goals and 144 points in 595 career games with the Bruins, Coyotes, Panthers, Ducks and Blackhawks.

"Nick is a right shot defenseman that will bring experience and depth to our team," general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Philadelphia lost defenseman Oskars Bartulis for 10-12 weeks earlier in the week with a shoulder injury and could play without Chris Pronger, its top blueliner, in Saturday's game.

To make room on the roster for Boynton for Saturday's game, the Flyers have loaned forward James Van Riemsdyk to Adirondack in the American Hockey League.

Van Riemsdyk has recorded 15 goals and 29 points in 55 games.


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