ST. LOUIS — In a signing that reflects the connection between the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars, the Blues announced Monday the signing of forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Morrow, a longtime fixture with the Stars, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline last season. Morrow, 34, posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 29 games with Dallas last season, then logged 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and 19 penalty minutes in his final 15 regular-season games with the Penguins. He had four points (two goals, two assists) and eight penalty minutes in 14 playoff games in 2013.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Morrow had spent his entire 13-year career in Dallas, where Blues president/general manager Doug Armstrong was the GM for several years and, notably, named Morrow a team captain, a position he held for seven seasons. He also was coached early in his career in Dallas by current Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and was friends with Brett Hull, now the Blues’ vice president of business operations.
Morrow figures to compete for a spot on the Blues’ fourth line.
In his career, Morrow (6 feet, 210 pounds) has accumulated 542 points (249 goals, 293 assists) and 1,222 penalty minutes in 850 games. He was drafted by Dallas in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft.