It was a busy day at the offices of Joe Nieuwendyk and company. An announcement came Sunday evening that a deal was in place to send Dallas Stars’ Captain Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh. In return the Stars would receive Pittsburgh’s 2011 first round draft pick Joe Morrow and a fifth round draft pick, Pittsburgh also received a third round draft pick from Dallas.
This was a move that had been predicted for many weeks now. Brenden Morrow was in the final year of his long term contract he signed with the Stars prior to the 2006-2007 season and when he first became Captain of the Dallas Stars over Mike Modano.
Brenden Morrow was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 1997 NHL entry draft with the 25th overall pick. Morrow played his junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks winning the 1998 Memorial Cup.
Morrow then moved on to make his debut with the Stars in the 1999-2000 season and has stayed ever since. As a Star Morrow went on to collect 528 points, with 243 goals. Morrow has two 30 goal seasons under his belt and in 78 playoff games Morrow has collected 42 points including the amazing spring of 2008 when Morrow led the Stars into the Western Conference finals including one of the greatest one man performances in Dallas Stars history as he was a wrecking crew against the Sharks in the Western Conference semi-finals. The past few seasons, due to Morrow’s grindy-physical style of play, have led to multiple injuries, and time off the ice. Morrow was using this season as an example that he still has plenty left in the tank. With his contract expiring Stars’ General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk did not want to let Morrow walk this summer for nothing. Brenden Morrow had a full no trade clause in his contract so he had to approve any trade that involved him.
In return the Stars receive Penguins prospect and 2011 first round draft pick Joe Morrow, no relation to Brenden, and a fifth round draft pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft. Joe Morrow played junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks, same team as Brenden, and was in his first year of professional hockey playing in the AHL with Pittsburgh’s affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where in he has 15 points (4g, 11a) in 57 games.
Keep Dallas Pesky would like to thank Brenden Morrow for all that he has done for the Dallas Stars for the past thirteen plus seasons, and wish him the best of luck in Pittsburgh.
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