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Brenden Morrow wanted to be a Dallas Star for life

Apr 2, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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When the Dallas Stars sent Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh, they sent away a longtime face of the franchise. What they may not have known, however, is that he wanted to be a Stars player for life.

That’s what Morrow told a Dallas radio station yesterday as the Dallas Morning News shares.

“I wanted to finish my career and be a Dallas Star for a few more years and end it that way and not have to move the family and uproot everything that I knew. But I’ve seen it happen to players before me, franchise guys, Modano. It’s something that happens. I’m a realist I knew it was a possibility that it was going to be me some day. It turned out to be true.”

If there’s something Morrow can feel better about it’s that he’ll have a shot at winning a Stanley Cup now, something he hasn’t done yet in his career. After missing out on the playoffs the last four seasons in Dallas, it’s likely a welcome opportunity.

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    he’s playing like he is still in dallas, he needs to get with the program and start producing. 3 games no points and 5 shots. we lost a great d prospect for him. dont know if he is doing what he is told or doing what he wants, but he just keeps on standing in front of the net waiting for something to happen. great strategy for the pp but the pens forwards are in constant motion while they have possession in the zone, makes it hard to work an offense when you have just 2 guys putting the work in and another guy just standing around. hopefully he wakes up against a struggling sabres team tonight.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Relax, give it some time. Bylsma still needs to access what he has to work with. There’s a month left before the real games begin.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        they have guys like jeffrey, vitale, bennett who know the system and bust their ass every night…i would rather see those guys getting more time than morrow playing the way he is right now. they could scratch him until he starts showing some life or shows that he is picking up the offense in practice. with crosby out, theres no room for slouches on the roster, secondary scoring is paramount now.

      • metaligoat - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        “scratch him until he starts showing some life or shows that he is picking up the offense in practice”? are you insane? in a 48-game season with a compressed schedule, there are fewer practices, and those practices are shorter, so that the players aren’t completely drained on game days. how is he supposed to improve and acclimate himself in that kind of environment without game action? move him down to the 4th line, give him a couple fewer shifts maybe… but he needs game action if he’s going to get anything figured out. if you’re not going to play him because you already have guys who know the system, why even make the trade to acquire him in the first place?

        i also would beg to differ that “there’s no room for slouches on the roster”. if this were already the playoffs? yes. if the Pens were in a dogfight for a wildcard spot? yes. but they have a 17 point lead in the division with only 12 games left to play. obviously they can’t afford to completely tank, but there’s plenty of wiggle room. if any team in the Eastern conference has room for slouches, it’s the Penguins, at least for the next half-dozen games or so.

        i think you also need to temper your expectations. do you really think Morrow was acquired for “production” purposes? he wasn’t even expected to do that in Dallas the last couple years, and he was their damn captain. he’s basically a high-end 3rd liner who can play special teams, and move up to your 2nd line in a pinch. a valuable player, but not one you’re expecting numbers from game in and game out. he’s there for depth, utility and leadership, to make sure the team doesn’t go bonkers again come playoff time like they did against the Flyers.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Yeah I think it’s a little early to start saying those things.

      I think Morrow is going to fit in nicely with the 3rd line of Sutter and Cooke. Hard working, blue collar line that is strong defensively and will score some good (but not very pretty goals) just like you’d expect from a guy like that.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        just saying what i’m seeing. when a guy comes over you want to see energy out of him at the very least since he probably doesnt know the system yet. you want to see him hitting and grinding it out, you want to see him skating hard and getting in the corners and winning one on one battles. he isnt doing those things…just kinda floating around, chipping the puck in from the neutral zone and then cruising to the front of the net waiting for his linemates to win a battle and throw a puck his way. this is the time, or grace period if you will, when you should be working hard and making an impression on your teammates.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        I don’t disagree with what you’re seeing, but I chalk it up much more to the system change than you seem to be. When Neal came over from Dallas it took him some time to adjust as well. Now while I don’t expect Morrow’s learning curve to be quite that slow, I do think that he’s trying to keep his game simple: get the puck deep, get in front of the net, don’t risk getting out of position.

        I think once he feels the flow of the system more he’ll have a better sense for when he has the freedom to get on the boards and fight for the puck, and when he should be hanging back

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        i just wonder if he still has it in him…this trade was high risk for a guy that has been hurt and not very productive the last couple years. i think the pens were hoping the change of scenery would motivate him, hope that is still the case but from morrow’s comments here it seems like he didnt want to move and might be a little sour about it.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      He is not just standing around in front of the net, he is reeking havoc out there,getting the attention of the 2 defenders thus freeing up time and space for Geno and Neal. On Malkin’s goal that he scored on his first game back it was Morrow that lifted the d’man’s stick that allowed the puck to get across to Malkin for an easy back door goal. Yes he didn’t get an assist but he did make it all possible.
      It’s not all about the points you put up,it’s about playing your role on the team.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Speaking of Jeffrey and Vitale why the H*LL is Bylsma putting TK up as the first line center? I understand keeping Sutter and Malkin where they are, to get more experience with Morrow and Iginla, but TK playing with Dupuis and Kunitz? WHA? Should be Dusty.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        So maybe this is just my black and gold colored glasses blurring my vision, but I kind of like TK with Kunitz and Duper.

        All of those guys are North-South players – guys who like to drive up ice, cycle, and then try to find an open shot on the circles. That’s a similar playing style to what TK does, more so than Dustin Jeffrey, and as much as I love the hustle out of Vitale, he just doesn’t have the skill. Also don’t forget that TK and Duper had some good chemistry when they were on the third line together before.

        I think we’re reaching a point where Dupuis-TK-Kunitz would be a “first line” in name alone. The Iggy-Malkin-Neal line is clearly the class of this team, and then Morrow-Sutter-Cooke and Dupuis-TK-Kunitz are kind of 2a and 2b.

      • pens87 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I actually agree here. I would like to see him reunite last years top line of Neal-Malkin-Kunitz. The reason Dupuis and Kunitz have been having such a great year is because the primary concern of the defense has been stopping #87. TK does not draw nearly that level of attention, and it will be Duper and Kunitz that suffer in the end. I know Bylsma loves mixing lines up…but I’d like to see something like this…


      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        he said he plans on keeping neal malkin iginla together…and i dont blame him. i would keep sutter cooke kennedy together too and just slip jeffrey in w/ dupuis and kunitz. that would be the least damaging as far as chemistry goes and keeps it evened out. you would still have a shutdown 3rd line for matchup purposes too.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        tk was drafted as a center…

      • pens87 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        I suppose that is a good sign, since he probably would break up the lines more if they didn’t expect to have Crosby back around playoff time. Can’t argue with not messing with what has worked.

    • pajabroni - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      With the addition of Iginla, despite the loss of Crosby I think Morrow’s presence is more about solidifying the third line and presenting extremely difficult matchup problems for opposing teams.

      Not to be overlooked is that the Penguins are yet to allow a goal since Morrow has been on the team.

      With respect to 3rd and 4th lines, it is more about relying on chemistry because the skill is not always necessarily there to fall back on. Once he establishes a better rapport with Sutter and Cooke, I think everything will be just fine.

      The Penguins have built up such a nice lead, they have the luxury of patience for everything to come together.

  2. 5hole26 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    stop your crying hell be fine. give him more than 3 games geez

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