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Report: Pens have deal in place with Stars for Brenden Morrow

Mar 24, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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Maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t getting in the Jarome Iginla derby after all.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Pens and Dallas Stars are close to a deal that would send Stars captain Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh in exchange for prospect defenseman Joe Morrow. The catch here is that Morrow (Dallas’ Morrow that is) has a no-trade clause and he has yet to waive it.

Dallas and Pittsburgh getting together on another deal may be a bit surprising from the Stars’ perspective. Recall two years ago they dealt James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Penguins in exchange for Alex Goligoski. That deal has worked out rather well in Pittsburgh’s favor.

Pens GM Ray Shero may be looking to strike gold once again with Dallas and getting a player that both Neal and Sidney Crosby know well would help. Crosby and Morrow played together on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team that won gold in Vancouver.

Morrow is on the final year of his contract that comes with a $4.1 million cap hit. The Penguins would be just over $4 million away from the cap should they acquire him.

Update (4:58 p.m. ET): Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review say the Boston Bruins also have an offer in for Morrow as well and it’s up to him where he’d like to go. Decisions, decisions.

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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Probably a smart deal. Iginla will not come cheap if he gets moved at all.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      This is a bad idea…….Brenden Morrow is washed up….he might not even be able to keep up with Malkin and Neal let alone Dupuis and Crosby.

      Joe Morrow is arguably the number 1 prospect in our system….what are you thinking Ray?

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Dudes old no biggie !

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      He’s 34. Dupuis is 32 and he is killing it on crosby’s line. Morrow on the 2nd/3rd line will provide some serious match up problems for other teams.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        I really like Duipuis I really don’t think they should play with this ,its rolling just fine !

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Can’t argue with that. Valid point.

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Pens have a ton of defensive prospects (1 less, i guess now…), so a morrow for morrow staight up could be alright.

    I only hope its for GENO’s 2nd line. I hope they move bennett down to 3rd line and scratch kennedy. Im happy with beau on the 2nd line, but im assuming they wouldnt move kunitz or dupuis away from croz with how scorching hot that line is. So…by default, im thinking he’ll play with GENO and Neal. Scratching kennedy would just be an incredible bonus.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      kennedy didnt play against long island – i think his days are numbered. adding morrow seals the deal for him to be odd man out unless injuries pop up…will get even harder to crack the lineup when malkin comes back soon too.

  4. zico25 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Putting him as the guy in front of the net for Neal and Geno is a plus. He also will bring veteran leadership to the locker room(which never hurts any team).

    If Morrow chooses Boston instead of Pittsburgh, that just opens the Pens up to go after Iginla, or maybe even Jagr.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      dont forget morrow played with neal already in dallas, i wouldnt be surprised if he was slid right in on line 2 with neal and bennett and sutter stays on line 3. jeffrey was playing way above his paygrade on line 2 and it he hasnt got chemistry with neal and bennett at all. when malkin comes back it will be interesting but jeffrey will probably get bumped

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Deal should be done “twoMorrow” ; )

  6. theageofquarrel - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Pens fans pissed and moaned when they brought in old assed Bill Guerin too and that didn’t work out to well did it?

    • upyoursnfu - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      I don’t recall much pissing and moaning seeing how Guerin was traded for a 3rd rounder and not the top prospect and a 1st .But you ate right, it did work out well.

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        I remember being at work at a popular watering hole on E. Carson Street and when that deal went down and customers were moaning about his age and his productivity before he even played a shift. My answer was Yeah but what about us picking up broke down Gary Roberts and the response was Well he is Gary Roberts and I had to laugh at them and call them stupid Yinzers.

      • killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        Guerin was actually traded for a conditional 5th round draft pick. But the farther the Penguins went in the playoffs and as long as Guerin played in 50% of the games the draft pick improved. Only after all the criteria was reached did the Islanders end up getting a 3rd pick.

  7. 19to77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I don’t know, Morrow the younger looks like a very bright prospect. Is it wise to deal that good a potential player for a veteran who’s had a couple weak years in a row, especially if he ends up being a rental?

    • zico25 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      With the glut of young D prospects in the Pens’ system(majority of them also 1st rounders like Morrow), it makes the price easier to deal with.

      Not to mention, a prospect is a prospect for a reason. There are no guarantees.

      • runtheball - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        People were upset when they gave up Angelo Esposito. Where is he at nowadays?

  8. killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Just because the Penguins have 8.4 million in cap space and add a 4.1 million dollar player doesn’t mean their cap space is now 4.3 million. Teams cap numbers aren’t based of total salary of the players. It goes off a daily number. This year the regular season is being played over a 99 day period. So for every day a player is on a teams roster it counts for 1/99th of his cap hit. If that players is on the roster every day (all 99) of the season this year than he will count for the full years cap hit. As of right now the Penguins could add about 24.6 million in actual salary cap hit for the rest of the year and still be under the cap 70.2 at the end of the year.

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