30-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Shaone Morrisonn Contract Information:
Agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $4.15 million with the Sabres in August 2010.
Morrisonn has cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester (AHL) on Monday, the Sabres' official Twitter feed reports.
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The Sabres added Morrisonn last summer in their quest for a physical defenseman. He served that role well, but the end of his season was de-railed by a concussion and news about how well has recovered such a tenuous injury has not been made clear this offseason. The Sabres seem to be going in a different direction on defense for 2011-12, and it's very unclear where Morrisonn fits into those plans.
Morrisonn, a defensive defenseman plays alongside Green, which keeps his offensive numbers down and gives Green the opportunity to take more chances. In 72 games he posted 13 points, a plus four rating, and 77 penalty minutes. He should continue to log about 20 minutes of ice time a game, but has little value.
Morrisonn, a defensive defenseman plays alongside Mike Green, which keeps his offensive numbers down and gives Green the opportunity to take more chances. In 76 games last season, he managed to post ten points, a plus four rating, and 63 penalty minutes. He should continue to log about 20 minutes of ice time a game, but has little to no fantasy value.
The 24-year-old Morrisonn emerged as the Caps' steadiest defenseman in 2006-07, earning a plus-3 rating while often checking the other team's top line on the otherwise defensively poor Capitals. He won't pour in many points -- he had 13 last season -- but will log a ton of ice time and can rack up some penalty minutes for your team, though he's not much of a fighter.
Acquired in a cost-cutting deadline deal for Sergei Gonchar before the lockout, Morrisonn didn't put up the flashiest offensive totals in 2005-06. He did, however, develop a reputation as the team's sturdiest defenseman, finishing tops among Washington blueliners at plus-7 and consistently leading the team in ice time at the end of the season. Morrisonn is guaranteed a spot on one of the top two defensive pairings for the Capitals, and if the team gets any better (and there's nowhere to go but up), his points and plus-minus should increase over last year's totals.
Morrisonn, a former first-round pick, has been a decent scorer in the minors, with 18 points in 71 games in the AHL last season. He'll be given a top-four role with the Capitals, and with Josef Boumedienne deciding to play in Sweden he should enjoy some power play time on the point. While his inexperience should lead to a poor plus-minus, Morrisonn is worth a flier in the deepest of leagues for power play potential.