'Yotes Filling Holes With Morris And Whitney

After losing Zbynek Michalek to the Penguins earlier in the day, the Coyotes have used some of their precious budget to re-sign defenseman Derick Morris and pull veteran foward Ray Whitney from Carolina Hurricanes.

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The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Derek Morris to a four-year deal on Thursday. The total contract is reportedly worth $11 million.

Morris, 32, is in his second stint with Phoenix after getting dealt from Boston to the Coyotes at last year's trade deadline. He recorded 29 points on four goals and 25 assists in 76 games for the Bruins and Coyotes in 2009-10.

The Edmonton native also added one goal and three assists in seven playoff games for Phoenix this season.

"We are very excited to have re-signed Derek to a new four-year contract," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney. "He is a talented, physical defenseman who will continue to bring leadership to our dressing room."

Morris, a first-round pick by Calgary at the 1996 NHL Draft, has recorded 369 points (80 goals, 289 assists) in 869 career games. In addition to skating for the Flames, Coyotes and Bruins, Morris has also played for Colorado and the New York Rangers.

More on Whitney:

The Phoenix Coyotes added scoring depth Thursday, signing veteran winger Ray Whitney to a two-year deal.

The 38-year-old Whitney, who recorded 21 goals and 58 points in 80 games for Carolina last year, will reportedly make $3 million per year with the Coyotes.

The Alberta native has notched at least 20 goals in each of his last four seasons and has registered 324 goals and 869 points over 1,072 NHL games. In addition to spending the last five seasons with the Hurricanes, Whitney has also played for San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus and Detroit during a career that began with the Sharks in the 1991-92 campaign.

Whitney's best regular season came in 2006-07 when he posted 32 goals and 83 points. He also tallied nine goals and 15 points in 24 playofff games for the Hurricanes during the club's Stanley Cup championship run in the spring of 2006.

"We are thrilled to sign Ray to a contract," said Phoenix general manager Don Maloney. "He is a terrific offensive player who will help us on the power play. He is a great leader in the dressing room with a Stanley Cup Championship to his credit and will instantly upgrade our offensive attack."

In other news, the Coyotes chose to buy out center Petteri Nokelainen on Thursday. The 24-year-old Finn combined for five goals and eight assists in 67 games with Anaheim and Phoenix in 2009-10.

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