By signing Derek Morris to a one-year deal and trading 36-year-old Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes a day earlier, the Boston Bruins have continued the move towards a younger, quicker and more offensive defensive group.
Morris, signed as a free agent after spending last year with the Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers, is a great acquisition for the Bruins and will add mobility and edge on the blueline. He’s a solid player and, by the sounds of things, he’s pretty excited to be playing hockey in Boston and even more excited about the chance to make the playoffs. He’s only been in the post-season twice during his 11-year career.
“As a player you dream of opportunities like this,” said Morris. “Everybody knows how great the city of Boston is. Everybody knows how passionate the fans are. Obviously, everybody knows now how good the team is.”
The Bruins have recently parted ways with Ward, Shane Hnidy and Steve Montador, agreeing to a contract with 24-year-old Matt Hunwick on Monday.
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said that he was finished making moves for the time being, seemingly satisfied with the brand new defensive group he’s been building. “I’m done for a while,” he said.
Morris is a certain upgrade from Ward. He’s younger and more durable, giving the Bruins more opportunities to place him in different key situations. “We are very excited to have him on board,” Chiarelli said. At this point and time, it appears that the plan is to pair Morris with Zdeno Chara on defence.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.