According to the gents over at The Fourth Period, the Rangers are in talks with UFA defenseman Derek Morris, who was acquired last season for Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes, and Petr Prucha (ugh), and was the subject of many a rant courtesy of me. Listen, was Morris an upgrade over Kalinin? Of course. But he did not give the Rangers what they needed (a PP QB), but hey, he did hit some people every now and then. At least he’s not seeking a long-term deal:
“Term doesn’t really bother Derek,” Devine explained. “Term seems to be an issue out there, but one-year is fine with him… two years, three years, four years; he’s flexible.”
So yes, Slats, let’s sign Derek Morris, a 31 year old defenseman, who has not put up 30 points in a season since the lockout, and has only done so 4 times in his entire career, and is a -24 for his career. Yes, let’s bury all that young defensive depth in Hartford for another season of overpaid and underachieving “names”. We have the likes of Gilroy, Sanguinetti, Potter, Del Zotto, and Sauer all waiting to crack the roster. Sure, they are unproven, but you have to give them a shot to become proven. Remember, Marc Staal was unproven once.
This is asinine, my hatred of Derek Morris aside, this would just be a waste of precious salary cap room.
This is why Glen Sather is so frustrating. He seems to alternate between good moves and bad moves. Between dumping Gomez (good), signing Brashear (bad), signing Gaborik (good) and now the rumors of resigning Morris (bad), it’s like a friggin heart attack with him. I can’t take this any longer.