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Boston Bruins send Derek Morris to Phoenix Coyotes for conditional pick

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PHOENIX - The Phoenix Coyotes became buyers at Wednesday's trade deadline, hoping to continue their push for the playoffs by acquiring veteran defenceman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins.

Phoenix gave up a conditional pick in 2011 to land Morris, who previously spent parts of five seasons with the Coyotes.

"We are very excited to have brought Derek Morris back to the Coyotes organization," Phoenix GM Don Maloney said in a statement. "Derek is a talented, versatile defenceman who will strengthen our blue-line. His leadership and tenacity will be welcomed in our dressing room."

The 31-year-old Morris is earning US$3.3 million this year and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He had three goals and 25 points in 58 games for the Bruins this season.

The Coyotes entered play Wednesday sitting fifth in the Western Conference with 79 points. They're trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

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