Morrow mulling over final Cup chance
On one side of the ice Monday night, Chicago's Kimmo Timonen capped off his 16-year NHL career by hoisting the Stanley Cup high above his head. On the other side of the ice, Tampa's Brenden Morrow finished the 15th season of his NHL career two wins shy of seeing his name engraved on the coveted Cup.
Timonen already told reporters he will call it a career after this season, but Morrow's professional status is more nebulous. Morrow, a 36-year-old veteran, could choose to call it quits but would have to resign himself to a career without a Cup championship.
But could returning for season 16 make the difference for Morrow?
The Lightning's winger told the Tampa media that he might "give it one more go" but his destination next season is up in the air. Morrow will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he told reporters he wants to return to Tampa.
"I've had more fun here in this short time than I've had in I don't know how many years," Morrow told the Tampa Bay Times.
The Lightning's Cup chances in the coming years could be just as much of a bonus for Morrow as a good time, as the core players on the team's offense are all under 26 years old and goalies Ben Bishop (28 years old) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (20 years old) now have both the youth and experience to help a team make a lengthy postseason run.
(h/t Tampa Bay Times)
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