The New Jersey Devils signed a new defenseman. No, this is not a defenseman that will jettison Mirco Mueller from the lineup or provide something that the New Jersey roster does not need. This is a depth signing. The Devils announced earlier today that they signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a two-way contract for one season. Per the team, he will get paid at a rate of $700,000 for the season in New Jersey and a rate of $250,000 for the season when he is with Binghamton. The Devils have already placed Morrow on waivers so he can be transferred to Binghamton when he clears.
Needless to say, this is purely for depth. Which makes sense as Morrow has only stuck around in the NHL for a few seasons and even then was not a regular player. Check out his Elite Prospects page for a quick history. Yes, he was originally drafted by Pittsburgh and spent time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2012-13. But the Pens moved him to Dallas as part of a deal to bring Brendan Morrow to Pittsburgh. And Morrow’s time in Dallas was short as he was a throw in as part of the big trade that brought Tyler Seguin to the Big D. He made his NHL debut with Boston and stayed with the B’s for three seasons.
He hit the market in 2017, signed for a season with Montreal, and then signed with Winnipeg in the following season. Morrow was not retained by either team and did not get an offer during the summer. He joined Our Hated Rivals on a professional try-out basis in 2019. He did not make the team. Needless to say, the market has spoken and it has declared that Morrow is not really a NHL player anymore at age 26.