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Cats Acquire Two D, Pick

Trade Olli Jokinen to Phoenix for Ballard, Boynton, 2nd Round Pick

Friday, 06.20.2008 / 7:45 PM ET / 2008 NHL Draft
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Cats Acquire Two D, Pick
The Panthers announced Friday evening that they have traded captain Olli Jokinen to the Phoenix Coyotes for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton as well as the Coyote’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (49th).

Boynton, a 29-year old Nobleton, Ontario native had 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 79 games with the Coyotes during the 2007-08 season. The eight-year NHL veteran has 107 points (27 goals, 80 assists) in 437 NHL games.

"Boynton is defensive minded," said Darren Pang, Versus and Coyotes broadcaster.

Ballard, a 25-year old Baudette, Minnesota native and former 1st-round pick has spent all three of his NHL seasons with the Coyotes, playing in 233 games while registering 87 points (19 goals, 68 assists).

"Keith Ballard is an exceptional skater and a very complete player. The kid cares like every shift is his last shift. There's more offensive upside there," said Pang. will have more information as it becomes available. is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.