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Killer B’s Ink Derek Morris to 1-Year Deal and Yes, I’m Always Right

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Posted By: The Booze at 11:51 am

25 Jul 2009

NHL.comAs one defenseman went out the door, the Boston Bruins reportedly have brought in another one.

Hours after trading blueliner
Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins reportedly have signed free agent Derek Morris. TSN reported Morris agreed to a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

While Morris suffered last season, his reputation as an offensively talented blueliner is shown by his 76 goals and 340 points in 793 games with the Flames, Avalanche, Coyotes and Rangers.

Well, well, well. The Booze is right again. My friends over at posted an article last week about how signing Kessel was priority #1 for the B’s. That got my Irish up, so I naturally felt the need to get in a comment war at the bottom of the post with the writer. Here are a couple of excerpts from my arguments (From July 20/21)…

“Signing Phil Kessel would be nice, but it is not a necessity. The Bruins are looking to sign one more solid defenseman before October. They can’t sacrifice all of their cap space on a one-way player in Kess.”

“Ference and Ward make our Defense weak. They can still trade someone away to make room for both Kessel and a defenseman. But yes, I would rather have a defenseman than Kessel.”

This should teach everyone in the world to stop questioning the Booze when it comes to the Bruins. Don’t get me wrong, you are always welcome to argue with me about what is best for this team, I think it’s fun, just know you’re gonna be wrong. The fact of the matter is, I know hockey better than you. Don’t be surprised if one day I am be GM of this franchise.

Now, it sounds like Phil Kessel will be signed. In fact, Chiarelli has been quoted as saying “a deal will get done with Phil.” But this signing showed the kind of balls that I respect. After freeing up Ward’s cap space he could have pussied out and given Kessel a big deal. Instead he made a team move and now the Kessel negotiations go on as planned. My guess…Kessel will ink a one-year deal with the Bruins in the coming days.

Update (1:11 PM): My friend Chesco has crunched the numbers for me and claims the B’s only have about $1.3 million remaining in cap space for the 2009-10 season. It is doubtful that Kessel would agree to that salary. If Chiarrelli stays true to his word on Kess, look to see a guy like Kobasew (a much more well-rounded, scrappy winger than Kessel) and his $2.3 million contract shipped off in favor of Phil the Thrill.

Update (12:33 AM): Upon further consideration, I think the best move for the team would be to trade Michael Ryder (who is just as one-dimensional as Kessel, but older) and free up cap space for Kessel.

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  • TomDickHarry

    Word, I agree. Kobasew is a solid player. Kessel lights the lamp, but he's kind of a bitch. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • Chronic

    Boozeworthy should somehow make without getting sued a Killer B's Bruins t-shirt.

    I would buy one, that is a fact,a nd I bet this “Chesco” characer would too. DO ITTTTT.

  • NYPulse

    for the record, i'm not a Bruins fan, so i think you had a bit of an advantage there lol… but kudos, I shouldn't have written off the Bruins getting a defenseman after trading one away. I did expect Ward to be the odd man out though.

    Just because they signed Morris, doesn't mean that signing Kessel wasn't/isn't still priority #1… so my point still remains. They know they have the upper hand in any talks with Kessel, and a 1 (maybe 2) year deal will get done and another player will be shipped out.

    and if not, well i'm an idiot then

  • ak

    the nhl sucks cuz noone watches it so theres no ad revenue so even in one of the top hockey markets of boston, high quality players like kestle cant even be paid well. i mean athletes r definitely overpaid but hes worth at least 2 mil, right?

    if only the nhl had the marketing of the nfl. what makes the nfl so popular in america but not anywhere else? the images and feelings they have tied to our heads. they own “sunday”, and words like tailgate and cold beer are also pretty much synonymous. i dunno where the nhl geniuses f'ed up, but they sure as heck did.

  • The Booze

    Hey AK, GFY

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