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Report: Bruins sign defenseman Morris

Saturday, 07.25.2009 / 10:10 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By NHL.com Staff

As one defenseman went out the door, the Boston Bruins reportedly have brought in another one.

Hours after trading blueliner Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins reportedly have signed free agent Derek Morris. TSN reported Morris agreed to a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

Morris had career-lows of 5 goals and 20 points in 75 games with the Coyotes and Rangers last season, and he had 2 assists in seven playoff games with the Rangers. The Rangers acquired Morris at the trade deadline in exchange for Dmitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes.

While Morris suffered last season, his reputation as an offensively talented blueliner is shown by his 76 goals and 340 points in 793 games with the Flames, Avalanche, Coyotes and Rangers.

Calgary made Morris, a 6-foot, 221-pound Edmonton native, the 13th pick of the 1996 Entry Draft.

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