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Would the Dallas Stars actually trade Brenden Morrow?

Jan 26, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

Brenden Morrow AP

One of the great sideshows of every All-Star weekend is the convergence of hockey people from across North America — and the rumors that emerge from said convergence.

This year, the trade winds started blowing as soon as folks arrived in Ottawa, with TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting there’s talk Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow may become available by the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

The development is a bit of a stunner considering Morrow is the Stars captain and spent his entire NHL career in Dallas. There’s also the not-so-tiny fact Dallas is smack in the midst of the Western Conference playoff race — 10th spot, three points out of eighth, with games in hand — and new owner Tom Gaglardi said he’d spend money to keep the team competitive.

Doesn’t sound like a team willing to trade its heart and soul, does it?

That said, there are some things to consider.

— Morrow, 33, has this season and one more with an annual cap hit of $4.1 million but, as McKenzie writes, “the veteran winger also has some hard miles on him.” (Note: Morrow has a no-trade clause.)

— Given Dallas’ (apparent) future lies with the 26-and-under core of Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Alex Goligoski and prospects Scott Glennie and Jack Campbell, Morrow could be flipped for young talent and/or draft picks. Remember, Dallas didn’t have first-round picks in 2007 or 2008.

— Morrow’s stock was already high, but he raised it with a stellar performance for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (the Sun’s Iain MacIntyre said Morrow had “the tournament of his life.”) His ability to fit seamlessly alongside a number of talented players — most notably Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry — make Morrow the ideal rental player, a guy that can move on short notice and still make a big impact.

Translation: There would be plenty of buyers for Morrow, and plenty of buyers raises Dallas’ asking price.

While trading Morrow would be bold (and, some would argue, crazy) it’s definitely a situation worth following.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I’d go for it, honestly. He’s not really performing quite up to snuff this year, but he’s going to go high because of previous performances. Problem is, he could well just be going through a slump right now, and at his best he’s a very solid two-way presence and an anchor for the team. He’s a good captain and a good player, so he’ll leave a fairly pronounced hole. However, his value would net them a good return. Defensively, they need to upgrade. They could use some more depth and probably one more true scoring forward, which Morrow doesn’t seem to be. When he notches thirty goals, he’s doing what they need, but he’s not doing that this year. I imagine they’re missing James Neal now that he and Benn have both turned into All-Star powerhouses.

    It’s a hard trade, but worth considering. They’ll get a great return out of him, especially with a lot of teams looking for a top-six winger. Detroit comes to mind. St. Louis, maybe. Boston loves tough two-way guys with a scoring touch. Hell, even Vancouver, maybe. They need some tough guys, and Morrow’s definitely a hard-nosed player. They’ve got parts to trade, too. And other less prominent contenders. If they want to sell him at all, now is DEFINITELY the time. Everyone’s looking this year. Next year, they won’t be.

  2. imacdane - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    As I Stars fan and thus somebody who watches every game he plays, I say trade him please. His best play his far behind him, and clearly whoever wrote this article hasn’t watched many Stars games this season. What isn’t mentioned in this article is the fact that Morrow has a NTC, so ultimately he’ll decide if he gets traded or not.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I’d gladly love to have him come to San Jose. The Sharks could use someone with his grit, leadership, and ability to be a net presence. The Sharks lack all those qualities I dont care what anyone says.

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