Bruins, Caps, Flyers in running for Derek Morris?

March, 3, 2009

Let's start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we've made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.

Morris, who has a blast from the point, has a no-trade clause but gave the Phoenix Coyotes a list of Eastern Conference teams in order to facilitate a move. He's an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could be a nice addition to all three of those teams: He's a real physical player and provides veteran leadership. Stay tuned.

• The Bill Guerin saga stretched into a third day since he was pulled out of the lineup. He has missed two games now with the New York Islanders and has yet to be dealt.

"There's nothing new at this point," Guerin's agent Bob Murray told on Tuesday morning. "I spoke with [Isles GM] Garth [Snow] early evening yesterday. Hopefully we'll know more today.

"Bill is pretty frustrated. He's in limbo and is anxious to get this resolved for him and his family."

Guerin, who has a no-trade clause, accepted the mystery team in question Sunday; but, in the interim, the Isles still haven't been able to pull off the transaction. It could be because the team in question has cap issues and needs to move a body to accommodate Guerin, who will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and is earning $4.5 million this season.

• We told you Monday the Pittsburgh Penguins had held talks with the Ottawa Senators about reacquiring pest Jarkko Ruutu. They did indeed, but the deal is not going to happen. The Penguins have moved on to other targets, a source told late Monday night.

• Ian Laperriere, an unrestricted free agent July 1, still hasn't signed a new extension with Colorado, but a source told us Monday night that Avs GM Francois Giguere "really doesn't want to move him." Perhaps there will be enough goodwill between the two camps to iron out a deal after the season and not worry about the veteran winger leaving July 1.

• And finally, keep an eye on Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. He has been getting multiple offers for multiple players over the past 48 hours and may be ready to start the "blowing up" process. Should be fun to watch.

More later, puckheads.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer


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