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Blues sign Brenden Morrow — one year, $1.5 million

Sep 23, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

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Brenden Morrow has a new place to call home, and he’s got a pair of familiar faces there to help make things a bit easier.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports Morrow has signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the contract is worth $1.5 million.

In St. Louis he’ll be playing for former Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock as well as former GM Doug Armstrong. Having connections like that there helped open the door for an opportunity for Morrow. The big question for the Blues is: How much does he have left?

Last season with Dallas and Pittsburgh, Morrow tallied 12 goals and 13 assists with 37 penalty minutes. In the playoffs with Pittsburgh, he had four points in 14 games while playing just under 14 minutes a game.

If the Blues are just looking for veteran forward help, they’ve got it. If they’re hoping Morrow can dig deep and be a 30-goal guy again, those expectations may not be met.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Damn, St. Louis is gonna be good this year !

  2. jimw81 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    they are a very deep team. i bet anyone morrow does produce more in st.louis than he did in Pittsburgh.

  3. ibieiniid - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Deal!

  4. shanesander - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    STL on paper looks like a team that’s going to make a run. Not expecting big #s from Morrow but decent pickup for the bottom 6, safe to say Chicago and St.Louis finish 1-2 in that division.

  5. pxland - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Scared of St. Louis….

  6. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    What a great depth signing. Blues have one of the deepest rosters in the league at this point. Gonna be an exciting season!

  7. georgejarkko - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I think they expect $1.5m production from a guy getting paid $1.5m. If they expected 30 goals out of him they’d give home 30 goal money.

    • jernster21 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I disagree. There’s a reason why he’s only signing a contract now – there aren’t many teams (who are contenders, which was a requirement for Morrow) that had much cap space to throw out a big offer. Same story for Iginla…while he’s making more money, he certainly didn’t land a big cushy contract that will take him into retirement. I’m guessing Morrow had much bigger offers from non-contending teams but accepted a lower paying offer from a team that has a better chance to win a cup. Also note that timing in which he signed…the Blues have taken care of all the contracts the needed to (Petro) and had a pretty solid understanding of what they had to work with in regards to the cap.

  8. enollatsknarf - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I’m surprised Paul Holmgren didn’t offer him at least 4 years..

  9. dlk75150 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Don’t forget Brett hull is there too.

  10. 19to77 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Bit of Predators syndrome in STL – great forward depth overall, but still questionable in terms of top-end forward skill. They’re still lacking a true #1 centre (Backes and Oshie make great #2s, but that’s their ceiling), and while there’s potential for multiple 30-goal scorers (with a big step up from Tarasenko and consistent work ethic from Stewart for a full season), there’s also potential for more major offensive struggles (more injury woes, Stewart regressing again, etc.).

  11. bluesgoforcup - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Blues have what it takes to win Cup. Goaltending is the question mark. So much depends on Halak. Elliots got to go, he’s not a playoff goalie. I was hoping the Blues would trade for Miller in Buffalo or even give Tim Thomas a shot in goal. Blues need Halak to step up this yr and be the goalie they thought he was when they got him from Montreal.

  12. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I know ya’ll are enthusiastic, and it clearly was a good offseason. I live in S. Illinous, so follow the Blues and Hawks.

    And while sure they have a chance, reality is the Blues are behind the best team in hockey.

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