Derek Morris, first approached about waiving his no-movement clause late last week, was then told that he would not be traded. But this morning, upon arriving at Ristuccia Arena, Morris was called into Claude Julien’s office, where GM Peter Chiarelli informed him that a trade was in place with Phoenix. Morris waived his no-movement clause, said his goodbyes, and left the practice rink.
“It’s been kind of a long, messed-up process over the last few days,” Morris said. “I thought I’d be here coming this morning. I got a call this morning in the office with Coach and Peter that it was going to be done. It’s all done now.”
While most of the big-time free agents signed on July 1, Morris waited until July 25 to sign his one-year, $3.3 million contract. The Bruins had to move Aaron Ward and buy out Patrick Eaves to free up enough space for Morris.
“I was. Yeah, I was,” Morris said when asked if he was stunned about being asked to waive his NMC. “Well, you never say stunned. You expect stuff like that to happen. Every day I went home, with the way the season’s went, wondering if it had been my fault. As a player, you have pride and you think about things. Then we got back in it and I was excited with the way things were going. But I’m excited about going where I’m going to go.”
Morris, who is renting his Scottsdale home to Keith Yandle, said he’s looking forward to returning to the Coyotes. Morris praised Dave Tippett, Dave King, and Ulf Samuelsson as three of the best coaches in the NHL.
“It went back and forth, back and forth,” Morris said. “Today, I thought I was going to be there. Now I’m not. I’m disappointed because I like these guys and I love this city. I’m going to miss that. But I’m also excited to go to an opportunity where they’ve got an amazing coach, a great group of guys.”