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Morris to Make the Most of Move

by Dyan LeBourdais / Boston Bruins
Bolton, MA -- Defenseman Derek Morris made his first step out onto the ice as a Bruin on Tuesday morning, where he was able to get his first taste of Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

“I loved it,” said Morris about skating on new ice. “I love that rink. The ice was amazing, yeah it gets a little colder I assume, but it’s a nice place. They’ve got a good facility there.”

“It was nice to get back out there [on the ice], that’s for sure.”

His first day was a busy one and shortly after practice, he and the rest of the Black & Gold drove over to the 6th Annual Boston Bruins Golf Tournament held at The International in Bolton.

Morris spoke about the Bruins wanting to acquire him during the trade deadline, and then finally having the chance to scoop him up in the offseason.

“I was honored," said Morris. “Obviously, the year didn’t go the way I wanted it to go. There were a million things that kind of went backwards.”

“But I got a new look on life, I got a new opportunity, and what an opportunity to go to a great team like this.”

“[I am] coming to an opportunity where I have to go out there and play well. I want to play well, I want to win,” said Morris.

“I’m not worried about the points and all that anymore. I just want to win a championship and I’m old enough now that you don’t get many opportunities and this is a great one so I’m not going to let it pass by.”

Morris, an Edmonton, Alberta native, played in 57 games for the Phoenix Coyotes with 5-7-12 totals and 24 penalty minutes before being traded to the New York Rangers where he totaled 18 games, 0-8-8 totals and 16 penalty minutes. Morris has been in the NHL since the 1997-98 season, and was with the Coyotes since the 2003-04 season. Last season, he ranked eighth in the league for shorthanded goals.

Morris has already garnered a great respect.

“I love it. It’s been great. What a beautiful city," he said. "I didn’t really realize how much there was to do for kids downtown. I’ve got three boys so it’s been a lot of fun.”

Morris is also a friend of Marc Savard, so making the transition was easier.

“Yeah, he’s been great. I talk to Marc [Savard] all the time," said Morris before correcting himself. "Not talk, we all text now, that’s what we do, I was texting him and I keep in touch.

“I’ve watched how he played all year, I was watching him since we played together in Calgary. I’ve watched him everywhere and realized he’s turned himself into a real nice player...everybody thinks Marc puts up the good points but he’s doing a real good job in his own end now.”

But he said Savard didn’t have to do too much convincing his friend to relocate.

“You know you don’t really need too much pumping up to go to Boston,” said Morris. “Obviously, it’s a great hockey market. I know that the people are very demanding and they want to win.”

“As a hockey player, you want the opportunity to win some, what a great place to play and what a great opportunity for myself.”

And as for opportunity, he may see his future on the blueline with Zdeno Chara.

“It would be great. I heard of that potential to, so we’ll see what happens at camp.”

But it doesn’t matter who is on his line, Morris is just excited to play in Boston and he thinks his style of play is just like what the Bruins are looking for.

“I played two games against [the Bruins] and you play games and you’re watching and you’re kind of trying to figure out how the team is and you see what teams you think you’d fit in well at.

“I think that I try to take care of my own end first and that’s what they do here. They’ve got a team that they’ve established themselves again.

They’re a hard team to play against, which maybe for a while wasn’t like that, but they’re a team that you know every single night it’s going to be a grind and bring their going to bring their best game. So I’m sure I’d fit in here well.”
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