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Pens GM Shero not worried about Morrow’s lack of production

Apr 8, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

Brenden Morrow AP

Brenden Morrow has played in six games for the Penguins since being acquired from Dallas on Mar. 24, and has just one assist to show for it.

Yet there’s no concern about his lack of production within the Pittsburgh organization.

“If we could add grit and leadership to our top nine, we wanted that element,” Pens GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That led us to the Morrow deal. His game is not so much about stats and goals, even though I believe he will chip in.

“He could be that battle-tested guy who comes up big for us in many ways.”

The Trib notes Morrow has racked up other key stats since becoming a Penguin — a team-high 15 hits over the last three games, most notably — which could be a sign the 34-year-old’s finding his role within the offense.

Still, the Pens would probably like Morrow to find the back of the net soon.

His goalless drought dates back to Mar. 7 (when he was still with the Stars) and he’s now gone 12 games all told without finding the back of the net.

Granted, goalscoring has never been Morrow’s forte. He’s been a consistent scorer, potting 20-plus seven times and 30-plus twice, but never a dynamic one.

The consistency factor is probably why he’s unconcerned about the recent slump.

“Of course, I wish I had already scored,” Morrow told the Tribune-Review. “Throughout my career I just do the simple things and I keep going to the net.

“Eventually, the hockey gods start sending the bounces my way.”

  1. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Of the four Pens acquisitions (with Iginla, Murray, and Jokinen being the other three) Morrow seems to be having the most difficulty making his mark.

    I share Shero’s view that Morrow is doing somethings outside of the stat sheet to affect games, however I’ve been largely unimpressed with his play in his own zone. On more than one occasion his blown assignment has lead to a goal.

    Come the playoffs a health (god willing) Pens team won’t need Morrow to be a scorer to be able to compete, but they would definitely like to see more from him than just the occasional hit. If he continues on this trajectory I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dropped to the fourth line and Jokinen getting a shot on the wing with Sutter and Cooke.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      A new system takes a little time to learn. He’ll get there in time.

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    i’ve been down on this trade from the get go but i guess i’m warming up to him now. interesting stat i heard friday night was since he was aquired he has led the pens in hits so he’s got that going for him in my book. positioning on the forecheck will come with experience and opportunities will start coming his way. any updates on neal? i know they havent practiced sat or sun but triblive has had nothing today so far either

  3. travishenryskid - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    He hasn’t produced in two years, so I don’t know why they would be worried now.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Mason extended in Philly

  5. malkinrulez - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Neal didn’t practice today

    • jpelle82 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      dang. getting letang back is good for the pp and neal has been cold lately if you want to look at the bright side i guess, hopefully not too severe if its a concussion (which i expect)

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      They called Bennett back up, they will plug him in with Geno and Jarome.

      • bestgingerplayerintheworld - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Imagine being a 21 year old on that line. Insane opportunity for Bennett.

  6. live4hockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    If Neal missed time, I’d like to see Morrow/Malkin/Iginla

  7. live4hockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    *misses

  8. live4hockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I’d rather see Bennett play on the 3rd….with Morrrow on the LW so Iggy can play RW.

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