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07-25-2009, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Bruwinz37 View Post
Guys- just looking for some thoughts on Morris. I remember reading from some of you folks around last year's deadline that Morris had really escalated his defensive game but it came a bit of an expense as it related to his offensive #'s.

As you probably know the B's just signed him to a one year deal. Any and all comments appreciated. Has he lost a step, toughness, PP and PK ability....thanks in advance.
Shut-down D, with excellent puck moving skills. Usually makes the safe play and won't provide a lot of offense. Excellent team leader and mentor for younger players. Strong and tough, good at holding both bluelines lines. Simple, effective game, that's really based around his ability to make the smart defensive play, and to get the puck out of his own zone, up the ice, to a forward. That sort of thing is underrated by fans. Not by GMs, clearly, as he's just signed maybe his third 3M+ contract in a row, now. He's effective at what he does and what he does is valuable. Don't expect him to score a lot of goals or quarterback your power play, though. That's not his strength, and you'll be dissappointed if you do. He's a very skilled puck-moving defenseman, but that does not mean that he's a puck rushing, or offensive defenseman. His outlet passing is top notch, not just with regards to clearing the zone, but his ability to hit a forward, up the ice, and create a rush. This is highly valued in the new NHL. He's a solid player and we all liked him a lot during his years as a Coyote.

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