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Official: Penguins acquire Stars captain Morrow

Mar 24, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

Brenden Morrow AP

After an earlier report had the Penguins set to acquire Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars, but the Boston Bruins were also in the mix.

All that’s for show now as multiple reports say Morrow has waived his no-trade clause to join the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This sure went down quickly.’s Pierre LeBrun has the final details.

Pittsburgh gets: Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick

Dallas gets: Joe Morrow, 2013 fifth-round pick

B. Morrow gives the Pens a rugged leader-type of winger who has familiarity with James Neal, Sidney Crosby, and Matt Niskanen already from his time in Dallas and on the Canadian Olympic team in 2010.

J. Morrow gives the Stars a young defensive prospect, taken 23rd overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The former Portland Winterhawks standout has spent this season with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring 15 points in 57 games.

As for the elder Morrow — the addition to the Penguins roster reminds us of when they added Bill Guerin during their Stanley Cup run in 2009.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Damn! This is a good pickup. Pens don’t need this guy though, it’s overkill. Idk if I would’ve given up Joe Morrow when they really need defenders but still BMorrow gives them a solid grinder with scoring touch. Like the pickup for Dallas though, adding to a nice core piece for the future. Will Morrow play tonight?

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      You got the worse end of the deal.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        I did? As in the Flyers? Because if so, I’d agree. But I think Dallas got the better end of this one. Joe Morrow projects as a top-4 dman and was considered a blue chipper, so they’re securing a future piece. On the other side, BMorrow is essentially a rental. So if he helps the Pens win a Cup it’s worth it, but if not they gave up a potential stud blueliner for an aging vet who will most likely leave as a free agent after the year. Time will tell. So although both teams benefit it could come back to bite the Pens. Although Shero has fleeced Dallas before so who knows.

      • stakex - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        The thing is, Brenden Morrow has been a decent but not great player most of his career. Hes has two 60+ point seasons, and scored 30+ goals a couple times… but his numbers are middle of the pack for the most part (and have fallen off a lot the last couple years). When you consider the talent the Pens already have, hes not going to make them all that much better. This isn’t some game breaker we’re talking about, and as such its not a “Win the cup or bust” kind of trade.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        this is a little bit of make up for that bad niskanen and neal trade the penguins raped the stars on. joe morrow will be good and what they were looking for last time when they got goligoski

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM


        I was referring to all the Penguin fans that like to troll on here. Not you.

      • dchambers144 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        As a Pens fan, it sucks to lose a highly touted prospect. But prospects are just that, unproven, Everyone thougth the Ryan Whitney for Kunitz and Tangradi was for Tangradi as a prospect and that didn’t work out. Pens are following their M.O., only trade prospects for what is needed. We’ll see if it works out.

    • danel18 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Pens have riches of wealth in D prospects with pouilot, maatta, depres, harrington and dumoulin making morrow expendable. Does it really matter with other prospects ready to move in that you drop one? You have a window open to win the Cup you make sure it doesn’t shut. Old rental? Same thing they probably said about Bill Guerin

      • mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        The right trade at the right time! Love Shero!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      I don’t know that I agree it’s overkill, they’re doing well but if we lose anyone to injury we’re screwed. Also – I HOPE this means they’re intending to keep Letang and Despres both….with them they don’t need Morrow.

  2. soj83 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I think this is a good move for the Pens. A pretty good rental forward that will put up decent numbers, especially if he gets shifts with Crosby or Malkin.

    Salary cap wise, this pretty much takes them out of the Iginla running, unless they want to really shake up the line up. The Black Hawks are in the same boat with cap room. It may be a two horse race for Iginla with Bos and LA. If the Kings offer a deal involving Bernier they will probably win out, but with Boston’s injuries they may be willing to pay a little more.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I think LA is going to negotiate a deal to pull Ovenchicken out of washington……if they do it will be the biggest deal of this trade deadline…….que the thumbs down but if I’m right it will fill up these message boards like no other.

    • lostone49 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      It will not be a good day for us Kings fans if Lombardi were to give up Bernier for Iginla. That is way too much for a rental player, even though we may lose Bernier after this season. You don’t give a (soon to be) divisional rival a possible 10 yr. goaltender, to acquire a 1 yr. rental!

  3. jaybaileys - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    They have plenty of Dmen in the pipeline, but man would have loved to have seen Joe Morrow with the Pens in a few years. Gotta trust Shero he usually makes stellar deadline deals. I wonder if the price for a stay at home defenseman is too high, that’s what we really need. You can never have too much depth though.

  4. sportsfreak13 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Joe morrow has had a down year in Wilkes barre this year. Pens have Pouliot, Mattaa, Depres, Bortuzzo, and Samuelsson still. This is a move to win now and I love it. Joe Morrow is a great prospect but with the way the pens draft d-men,especially puck moving d-men, we won’t miss him in the long run. Too bad this didn’t go down 2 days ago, I would of loved to see brenden suit up tonight.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      And Dumolin and Harrington, etc.

      I like the move and while Joe has potential he’s still a young guy who’s not a known commodity. Brenden adds some nice grit and scoring touch. He’ll be a menace eating space on the Malkin Neal line.

      • mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Morrow will make space that Malkin and Neal will Exploit!

  5. steelers88 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I love this deal it really reminds me of the Bill Gurien trade a good goal scorer that is gritty and tough and has a lot of experience. I really like this trade. Plus numerous people in the Pens organization have said that they believe Pouliot and Maatta will be better pros than Morrow. Says Josh Yohe the beat writer of the Penguins from Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    No doubt this is a “win stanley cup this year” trade. Anything less will be a major disappointment for the Pens.

  7. stakex - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    The real winner here is Brenden Morrow. His game has fallen off a lot over the last couple years and he might see a resurgence playing with a high powered offense like the Pens. However I question how much better this actually make the Pens. After all, they already have a very dangerous offense and another middle of the pack winger probably isn’t going to make them any more lethal.

    What the Pens really need is some more help on the back end. They might have tightened things up a bit more of late, but they still have problems with their defense and goaltending… and teams generaly don’t go deep in the playoffs with questionable defense and goaltending.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      The deal simply allows them to role out another line with scoring punch. Morrow will play on Malkin’s left side.Bennett will move into Kennedy’s spot on the third. and Kenndy will probably be demoted to the forth if he isn’t traded as part of a package deal to upgrade the defense.

  8. steelers88 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    It always seems like the Pens draft a defensemen in the first round. They seem to draft really good defensemen like Morrow and Maatta.

    • 19to77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Shero’s philosophy is basically “The more NHL-level defensive prospects I have, the better” because D depth is critical to playoff success and always retains good value over time for trading – so if they end up not having a place for one of their projects, they can just line up a deal like this.

      Blue-chip D prospects are the best thing a GM can try to stock up.

  9. ironman721 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Wow… Can he play tonight? Haha

  10. withseidelinn - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Why does Niuewendyk (spelling) keep giving away picks ? He gave a 3rd rounder to MTL along with Ryder in that robbery of a deal.. no he is supposed to be the seller in the this trade with B. Morrow and he tosses in another 3rd rounder? Wtf?

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Rick Dudley to Niuewendyk: “You don’t negotioate real well, do you?”

      Joe: “No, sir. I gave up a solid top 4 defenseman and a 40 goal scorer a few years ago, so please have some respect, for I am Niuwendyk, LORD OF THE IDIOTS.”

      Dudley: “Ok, thanks for Ryder, My powerplay will be even better now, not to mention I am giving away an underachiever.”

      Shero to Niuewendyk: “Hey, Joe ol’ boy! Want to do another lopsided deal?”

      Joe: “Sure, Why not? Brenden Morrow told me he wants to win a cup real soon before he retires, and since my team isn’t making the playoffs, I’ll help yours again!”

      Shero: “Thanks, man. You’re the best. Tell you what, I will scam you defensively by giving you a guy who we don’t need at all and hasn’t been great in the minors, and a 5th rounder to sweeten the pot. He isn’t quite ready for NHL play yet. Oh and I want a 3rd rounder as well, because I value the draft.”

      Joe: “Alrighty, here you go. Who needs offensive playmakers anyway, huh?”

  11. 950003cups - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Sunuv beach. Sheet.

    • ironman721 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Awesome. How he earns his “stripes” haha

  12. capsfan19 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Wow… If pens dont win stanley cup itd be quite the upset.

  13. sjsharks66 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Great pick up!

  14. tackleberries - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Today’s trade involves two Morrows.

  15. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Glad the Pens made this move…Joe Morrow is gonna be a stud and now I don’t have to see him in a Pens sweater!

  16. jacketsfan7 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Love this deal , and they have many d-men prospects so I’m not worried , they needed a physical player with a scoring touch

  17. oquintero99 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Hopefully this prospect turns out better than the Golgonski trade. I’m surprised Joe is still fixated in getting a puck moving defenseman and doesn’t patch the other holes the team has (especially in the bottom 6 forwards and ready to play defensemen).

    Second, I also think that this maybe the start for a bigger trade for the Stars. They cleared some cap space by letting Morrow go and got almost nothing in salary. Hopefully Joe has something else up his sleeves. If not, this might be the last deal Joe does if the Stars don’t make the playoffs.

  18. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    If the Pens are keeping Letang and Despres, there’s no need for Morrow…this isn’t a bad trade. I like it.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Exactly, we still have Dumoulin, Roupp, Puliot and Maata in the minors, and the Pens are very high on all of them. Plus, we don’t need another offensive defenseman, we need defensive minded defensemen (Smid from EDM, anyone?). Clutch Shero move to finagle a 3rd rounder from Dallas in the process. Not much in return for Morrow. I am excited. I think this is also Shero’s stiff middle finger to all the people who have been urging him to get Iginla. Morrow is a rich man’s grinder. He will make our powerplay even better, maybe even playing on the PK, who knows, and he can play with both Sutter AND Geno. I would love to see Morrow-Malkin-Neal on the ice real soon. Oh boy. SHERO!! YEAH BUDDY ROBBING DALLAS AGAIN!!! Hope Morrow does well. So many possibilities for him in the Burgh.


      GO PENS!!!

  19. ironman721 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Still March-ing!!! 12 in a row!

  20. hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Doesn’t Pittsburgh need defensive help?

    • mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      9 goals surrendered in the last 8 games. They don’t need to overpay for a stud that really isn’t out there right now.

  21. beergold - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    This puts Iggy in a Bruins uniform and as strong as the B’s are now, with Iggy they will be unbeatable in the playoffs! Go Bruins!

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