Yesterday TSN insider Darren Dreger reported that the Phoenix Coyotes have decided to sit defenseman Derek Morris until he can be moved before the March 4 trade deadline.
Morris, a right-handed shot, is 30 years old and scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He carries a cap hit of just a little less than $4 million for this season. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com both have the Boston Bruins as potential suitors for Morris’ services.
And on a related notes, Lebrun also reported that as of yesterday the Bruins were no longer in pursuit of Chris Pronger.
MK: When you take into account all the factors Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has publicly stated in relation to his attempts at making a deal — team chemistry, hanging onto depth, etc. — a move for a player like Morris makes a lot more sense. It probably wouldnt’ take more than a pick or a lower-level prospect to pry him from the desert. And he’s a solid, but young, veteran, who could plug right into the Bruins’ line-up and head coach Claude Julien’s system. To me, the price for guys like Pronger and Tomas Kaberle are just too high to make sense for the Bruins.