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Welcome to Deadline Day in the NHL!
The Bruins, who made two small moves on Tuesday, acquiring a pair of young defenseman, have shipped another blue liner out of Beantown. Derek Morris, who was here on a one-year deal and will become an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason, is westward bound. Morris has been sent to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 2011 4th-round pick.
Morris had three goals and 22 assists in 58 games for Boston this season. He’s no stranger to being dealt on deadline day, as this time last year, he was sent from Phoenix to the New York Rangers, swapped for Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha, and Dmitri Kalinin.
In Chiarelli’s second move of the morning, he sent forwards Byron Bitz, Craig Waller, and a 2nd-round pick to Florida, in exchange for a pair of defensemen, Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski.
Seidenberg has played in all 62 of Florida’s games this season, notching a pair of goals to go along with 21 assists. Bartkowski is a 21-year-old prospect who is known for his physical play and big left-handed shot.
The league’s deadline expires at 3:00pm ET this afternoon.