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No bitter taste for Mike

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Mike Morrison didn't spend as much time in an Edmonton Oilers jersey as he hoped to, but he left yesterday for the Ottawa Senators happy to have played in a hockey town.

Morrison, 26, claimed on waivers by the Sens yesterday, packs his bags for another hockey hotbed with a 10-4-0 record, a 2.83 goals-against average and an .884 saves percentage in his first NHL season - and with nothing but good things to say about his time here.

"I got a great taste of it this year playing in Edmonton," Morrison told The Team 1260.

"I've always equated it to the Red Sox in Boston. It's a pressure cooker in this city with the fans and the amount of expectations the city has. Heck, I'd rather player here than in some other cities in this league that couldn't care less.

"You have a game here, the next day it's on the front page. You go to some other cities and the write-up on the game is after high school sports in the sports section. I'd rather be playing in cities like this or Ottawa."

Drafted 186th overall by the Oilers in 1998, Morrison has been in the Oilers system since graduating from the University of Maine in 2002.

After splitting last season between the Edmonton Road Runners of the AHL and Greenville of the ECHL, Morrison got his first taste of the NHL after paying his dues.

Despite having better numbers than either Jussi Markkanen or Ty Conklin but ending up the odd-man out after the Oilers acquired Dwayne Roloson Wednesday, Morrison has no regrets.

"I'm trying to live a dream like everybody else in the world is," Morrison said. "Just give me a jersey. I want to get out there and play and practise and learn and get better.

"I had a great experience here. I'm glad I could contribute ... It was a great experience all around. I really appreciate this year. It was a dream come true."


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