Monday: After clearing waivers and seeing his NHL contract terminated, Morrow has signed a two-year contract with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL.
Saturday: The Devils have decided to part ways with defenseman Joe Morrow. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that they have placed the blueliner on unconditional waivers, paving the way for the team to terminate his contract if he clears on Sunday. It’s worth noting that New Jersey is only at 46 contracts out of the maximum of 50 so this move doesn’t appear to be made with freeing up a contract slot in mind.
Morrow spent last season with Winnipeg where he got into 41 games but needed to go the training camp tryout route to land a contract. He spent camp with the Rangers but did well enough for the Devils to sign him early in the season, inking him to a one-year, two-way contract that paid the league minimum $700K in the NHL and $250K in the minors with a total guaranteed salary of $300K.
However, he has not fared particularly well with AHL Binghamton this season. Through 16 games, he has just a goal and three assists along with a -9 plus/minus rating, the second-worst on the team amongst defensemen. With a recall not likely on the horizon, this move will give him a chance to catch on somewhere else although it’s quite possible that he may wind up heading overseas.