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Bruins make Morris signing official

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 25, 2009 12:30 PM

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Derek Morris, seen here upending Claude Giroux, is the newest Bruin defenseman. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)

The Bruins have confirmed the signing of defenseman Derek Morris to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. The 30-year-old Morris, Calgary's first-round pick in 1996, split 2008-09 between Phoenix and the Rangers.

"Good offensive skill set," wrote GM Peter Chiarelli in an e-mail. "Good seam pass. Big shot, good compete level."

New York acquired the 6-foot, 220-pound Morris at the trade deadline for Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha, and Dmitri Kalinin. In 18 games on Broadway, Morris recorded eight assists, and added two helpers in seven playoff games. Morris was partners with former Bruin Paul Mara. Morris quarterbacked the No. 2 power-play unit.

In total, Morris scored five goals and 15 assists in 75 games between the two clubs last season, averaging 20:53 of ice time per game.

ANALYSIS: The Bruins are most likely done dealing for now, having upgraded their blue-line offensive punch by replacing Aaron Ward with Morris. There has been no recent movement on the Phil Kessel negotiations.

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