Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wasted no time replacing Derek Morris. The Bruins acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and a prospect from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a second-round draft pick.
Morris was traded earlier Wednesday to Phoenix for a fourth-round pick in 2011.
Seidenberg, who played for Germany in the Olympics, had 23 points and a minus-3 rating in 62 games for Florida this season. He spent the previous two-plus seasons with Carolina and before that played for Phoenix and Philadelphia.
Seidenberg has 107 points in 351 NHL games. Bitz had 9 points in 45 games for the Bruins this season.
"We just felt that his matchup ability would improve our team as a whole," Chiarelli said. "In that deal we sent Byron Bitz, who has developed as a player and has a big body that we like, but you have to give up something to get something.
"Dennis is a character player," Chiarelli added. "He's strong and moves the puck well. Byron developed well for us and he's a good soldier and a big body. He'll do well in Florida."
The prospect heading to Boston is Ohio State defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who the Panthers selected in the seventh round two years ago. Weller has spent the entire season in the AHL and had 14 points in 55 games with the Providence Bruins.
"We felt we had to improve our back end," Chiarelli said. "I know we have to score more, but sometimes scoring more results from an improved back end."
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