BOSTON, MA –
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Derek Morris to a one-year contract.
Morris, 30, enters his 13th NHL season and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team. The 6’0”, 220 lb. native of Edmonton, Alberta was drafted by Calgary as their first pick, 13th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He spent five seasons with the Flames, where his teammates included current Bruins Marc Savard
, Andrew Ference
, Chuck Kobasew and Steve Begin, and he ranked second among all league rookie blueliners in scoring and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in his initial 1997-98 Calgary campaign.
Morris went to Colorado in a multi-player deal involving former Bruin Stephane Yelle and Boston University alum Chris Drury in October, 2002 and enjoyed his best offensive NHL year that season with 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points in 75 Avalanche games.
Morris was then traded to Phoenix in another multi-player transaction at the March, 2004 trade deadline and played five seasons with the Coyotes until his March, 2009 deadline trade to the NY Rangers for Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha and Dmitiri Kalinin.
While with New York, Morris had five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 75 combined Coyotes-Rangers games last season and added two assists in seven playoff games during the Rangers’ series with the Washington Capitals.
Morris has missed just seven games over the past three seasons and his career NHL totals to date are 76 goals and 264 assists for 340 points with 794 penalty minutes in 793 games.