Morris to the Bruins

In relatively old news, deadline acquisition Derek Morris bolted New York to play for the Bruins, signing a one-year $3.3 million contract, taking a pay cut of $650,000 in the process.

This means that the Rangers organization is really planning on having two rookies play as the third defense pairing next season. With five guys waiting in the wings to fill those two (or three with the 7th defenseman) spots, the competition will be fierce.

6 Responses to “Morris to the Bruins”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    I was delighted that Morris signed somewhere other than NY. He’s a good player but even at 3.3m he’s overpaid and that would have screwed our cap figure. i think for what he has done the past 2 years 2m is fair so his agent has done well.

    As a 5th D man he is a nice addition (again, overpaid) and makes Boston’s blue line seriously intimidating.

    Having said that; Kessel anyone? they’re 4m over the cap and have Kessel (4m+?) and Bitz (1m?) to sign.

    If we could get creative it would be worth investigating Kessel and whether we could get him. A low ball trade offer might get him here considering their cap issues and a bit of cap space could then be worked….

    im seriously surprised Kessel remain unsigned anywhere.

    • Dave says:

      There are 28 other teams in the NHL that will offer up a package better than the Rangers can offer up.

  2. Matt H. says:

    So if the Rangers are going young this year at D, why not add Chelios to kind of mentor them (as has been mentioned before)?

    • Dave says:

      Because he takes much needed ice time away from the youngsters he would be mentoring.

      You have Redden and Rozsival to mentor. For all his faults, Redden is a character guy and would be a good mentor.

  3. jurgenno88 says:

    Dave, i agree with your comment about Redden being a good type for the kids to learn from. Shame we’re paying a teacher 6.5m!

    In ref to Kessel i think we could offer an attractive package, i really do. It depends on who you think is untouchable. IMO we have some nice forward prospects and a ton of good young D. i think a combination of that plus a pick could work though i do agree that there are other teams with more to offer.

    • Dave says:

      The problem is that the Bruins would have to take some sort of salary coming their way because the Rangers are looking to be right up on the cap this year. Clearly, they can’t do that.