Bruins replace Ward with Morris

Updated: July 25, 2009, 4:35 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Boston Bruins signed veteran defenseman Derek Morris to a one-year deal.

TSN of Canada reported Friday night that the deal was worth $3.3 million.

"As a player you dream of opportunities like this," said Morris, who has been in the playoffs in just two of his 11 seasons. "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."

Morris, 30, ended last season with the New York Rangers after being acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline. He was an unrestricted free agent.

"I had fun playing hockey again [in New York]," he said. "It was getting a little frustrating ... in Arizona."

He talked with several teams but it was a "no-brainer" to join the Bruins because it gives him a chance to go deep in the playoffs with a shot at the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins made room for Morris, at 6-foot, 220 pounds, on Friday when they dealt defenseman Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins will be Morris' fifth team; he has missed just seven games in the past three seasons.

"We are very excited to have him on board," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. Morris is a "right-shot defenseman who has considerable offensive skills."

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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