Canadiens place F Boyd on waivers Staff

11/8/2010 3:46:13 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have placed left winger Dustin Boyd on waivers.

The 24-year-old is minus-6 with one goal in nine games this season. He was a healthy scratch for a five-game stretch from Oct. 22 - Nov. 1.

"I'm not too sure what happens from here, but hopefully I'll stay a Montreal Canadien," said Boyd after hearing of the decision. "The season has had its ups and downs so far, and hopefully we can move forward from here. It's consistency from game-to-game, and something that you have to work through and you have to get better at.

"I think you have to keep moving forward and try to stay positive as much as you can," added Boyd.

Boyd was signed to a one-year, $650,000 deal as an unrestricted free agent by the Canadiens last summer. He becomes a restricted free agent after the season.

The Winnipeg native was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Nashville Predators at last season's trade deadline. He compiled 11 goals and 13 assists in 78 games between the two clubs.

"It's always difficult, whatever decisions you make, they're always difficult with people," said head coach Jacques Martin. "I think you have to look at your team and how you best improve your hockey club, or you best fit your club."

Martin made it clear that the team will be patient before deciding on Boyd's future.

"Let's see what happens - maybe nothing happens. It's important to look at today, what's available out there, and then tomorrow we deal with the situation." said Martin.

If Boyd clears waivers by Noon et on Tuesday, Montreal can assign him to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.