Former NHLer Boynton allegedly bites cop at casino
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The battle for last place in the NHL between the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes, which could possibly translate into drafting Connor McDavid, has people chomping at the bit. 

Former Boston Bruins defenseman and current Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton may have taken that idiom too literally Wednesday.

The former NHL player is accused of causing a disturbance at a Buffalo casino that led to him biting an officer, reports Lou Michel of the Buffalo News.

"He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger," a police source said.

The 36-year-old will be charged with assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

The Coyotes released the following statement about the incident:

Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence.

Boynton was twice drafted in the first round of the NHL draft, in 1997 and 1999, and his career ended after playing just 10 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010-11.

The Sabres and Coyotes are set to do battle in Buffalo on Thursday.

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