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via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Morris now confirmed in PHX, four yers, $11M.
Kesler received 5 for boarding, a 10 and game misconduct.
Kevin Bieksa and Morris received 2 for roughing.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Derek Morris to Phoenix from Boston , pending trade call.
added 10:35am, Bruins receive a 2011 4th round pick in return.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are very excited to have brought Derek Morris back to the Coyotes organization,” said Maloney. “Derek is a talented, versatile defenseman who will strengthen our blueline. His leadership and tenacity will be welcomed in our dressing room.”
“I had a little bit of a wake-up call this summer, realized I’ve got to be a bit better. I’m going to demand a lot of myself going there, and prove that it was a good signing for them.”
Bruins defenseman Derek Morris. More from Morris by Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic.
from James Murphy at NESN,
Both Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien have stressed the importance of a quick transition game, mobility and that first defensive pass out of the zone. And with the addition of Morris, Chiarelli believes he has completed his plan of putting together a blue line that excels in those areas. Despite losing some physical presence with the trade of Aaron Ward and departure of Shane Hnidy, Chiarelli thinks Morris can bring the right combination of skill and size and maybe even join captain Zdeno Chara on the club’s top defensive pairing.
“We feel we’ve added a No. 2 defenseman to our mix,” said Chiarelli. “We feel we’ve upgraded. He’s a guy who brings more skill to our lineup. He can retrieve pucks, he can get to pucks and he can compete. I really like the makeup of our defense now.
The Boston Bruins have wasted no time restocking their blue line as they have signed defenceman Derek Morris to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.
added 11:18am, from Joe Haggerty of Big Bad Blog at WEEI,
The $3.3 million price tag is a pretty high price for Morris and leaves the Bruins with roughly $1.3 million under the salary cap with Phil Kessel still sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent. The feeling at this address is that the Bruins tried to deal Kessel through much of June, but couldn’t a deal to their liking and aren’t going to deal the 36-goal sniper this summer.
Either he signs a one-year deal with the Bruins for less than $4 million — and the Bruins are forced to trade another valuable dressing room/grit commodity like Chuck Kobasew — or Kessel sits and watches the Black and Gold hockey world move forward without him.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The word on the street is that the Phoenix Coyotes may trade Derek Morris as early as this evening.
We have heard this before, but obviously the clock is ticking and there are some other signs that allow us to get creative.
Boston, Philadelphia and Washington have been the supposed front-runners since the beginning of the Morris sweepstakes.
added 10:43pm, Update from Bob,
The word out of Phoenix was that the Derek Morris trade was likely to go down tonight, but now it looks as though it will carry over to tomorrow.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Let’s start the morning with a Derek Morris update.
From the calls we’ve made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.
Morris, who has a blast from the point, has a no-trade clause, but gave the Phoenix Coyotes a list of Eastern Conference teams in order to facilitate a move. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could be a nice addition to all three of those teams; he’s a real physical player and provides veteran leadership. Stay tuned.
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via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN defenseman Derek Morris has given Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney a list of teams he would be willing to lift his no-trade clause to join.
In the meantime, Morris has decided it is best to not play and risk injury before a deal goes down, therefore he is not expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Coyotes host the St Louis Blues.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Defenseman Derek Morris, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, says he would like to return to the Coyotes.
The length of a proposed deal is the sticking point right now between the Morris camp and General Manager Don Maloney.
“Obviously, they don’t know where they’re at financially, with the ownership groups and such, so a one-year deal is where it’s at right now, and obviously I’m looking for more than a one-year deal , being 30 years old, so we’re kind of stuck at that right now,” Morris said. “If the right thing comes up for the team, the right situation, then I would hope he (Maloney) would do it.”
Morris, who is making $3.95 million this season, emphasized that his family loves the area and stays in town during the summer.
from the Arizona Republic,
Positives, such as the Coyotes’ Derek Morris, can easily be overlooked when a team starts a season slowly.
The Coyotes, with only two wins in seven games, are trying to put things together, but Morris has had things together from the opening bell, a leader of a defense that has been the team’s strength.
“He’s been unreal for us,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “From Day 1 in training camp, he came in in phenomenal shape, better than he ever has . . . He’s always in good shape, but it seems like he’s in better shape this year.”