In a move that was first reported by INSIDEHOCKEY.com's James Murphy on Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins have signed puck-moving defenseman Derek Morris to a one-year, $3.3 million contract for next season. The signing of the 30-year-old Morris was confirmed by both ESPN.com and TSN.com on Friday night, and came within the same breath of dealing 36-year-old defenseman Aaron Ward back to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday morning. Morris was one of the defensemen that the Bruins targeted at last season's trade deadline, but failed to acquire when they instead dealt with the Anaheim Ducks for Steve Montador. Morris has played in at least 75 games in each of his last three seasons, and had 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) splitting time for the Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers last season.
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