The Arizona Coyotes signings continued yesterday with the signing of Travis Boyd to a one-year contract.
Official: We've signed center Travis Boyd to a one-year contract. https://t.co/iaTD9gwIj2— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 3, 2021
The 27-year-old was originally drafted 177th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Minnesota native went to the University of Minnesota before joining the Capitals organization playing for the Hersey Bears.
Boyd spent two seasons in the AHL with the Bears and then spent the next three seasons splitting time between the Bears and the Capitals.
Last season was Boyd’s first season outside of the Capitals organization. He signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in 20 games, he had three goals and five assists.
Boyd wouldn’t last the entire season in Toronto, though. The Leafs would eventually put Boyd on waivers, only for him to be claimed by the Vancouver Canucks. He played 19 games with Canucks, scoring two goals and zero assists.
In signing Boyd, the Coyotes get another depth signing on a one-year deal. It is no secret that the Arizona Coyotes are rebuilding, and they will need warm bodies for the next two seasons, at least. But for players like Boyd, a rebuild is an opportunity to showcase what they can do, filling a role with the chance to play up when needed.