The streaking Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars on Sunday to bolster the team’s second line.
Pittsburgh sent defenseman Joe Morrow, the team’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft, and a fifth-round choice this year to Dallas in exchange for Morrow and the Stars’ third-round pick in the draft. The players are not related.
The 34-year-old Morrow has 243 goals and 285 assists in 835 games, all with Dallas. Morrow will become a free agent at the end of the season. He waived his no-trade clause to move to the Penguins following a 20-minute conversation with Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero on Sunday.
”The way he plays the game is something we’ve wanted to try and add,” Shero said.
The Penguins are hoping to pair Morrow with former Dallas teammate James Neal and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin on the team’s second line. Malkin remains out with an upper body injury but could return later this week.
Morrow is scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon and could play as early as Tuesday night when the Penguins host Montreal. Shero said Morrow’s veteran savvy and physical presence around the net will be a welcome addition.
”He’s a guy that goes to those dirty areas and as you know when you get in the playoffs we know that’s an important aspect of what we’re trying to do,” Shero said.
Morrow also has experience playing with Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as part of Team Canada’s run to gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The trade came at a significant price. Joe Morrow was considered one of Pittsburgh’s top prospects and Shero called him a player who will be ”in the NHL a long time.”
Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk wished Brenden Morrow ”nothing but the best,” but believes trading away his captain will help the rebuilding Stars in the long run.
”We had a great opportunity to acquire a young, top-end defenseman in Joe Morrow and we are delighted to add him to our organization,” Nieuwendyk said.