The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Nick Boynton on waivers. This likely indicates the Hawks are close to making a deal, likely for a defenseman. Once Boynton clears, he will likely be sent down to Rockford, eliminating his $500,000 salary from the cap.
It's no secret the Hawks have been seeking a penalty killing defenseman. Some of the names reported are Craig Rivet, who was recently waived by the Buffalo Sabres, Brett Clark of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Edmonton Oilers Ladislav Smid and Jim Vandermeer. Whoever it is, it will be an upgrade for a Hawks defense that has been stretched far too thin with their lack of depth.