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Morrow thinks Blues are ‘tailored to the way I play’

Sep 23, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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Brenden Morrow is a talented hockey player, no doubt — however, he’s always been known more for his straight-ahead power game than the fancy skill stuff.

Which is why he believes the St. Louis Blues are more “tailored to the way I play” than the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he ended last season.

Morrow joins the Blues on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The 34-year-old former Stars captain — and Team Canada standout at the 2010 Oympics — accepted a significant reduction in pay for 2013-14 after his last deal paid him an annual salary of $4.1 million over six years.

While it may not give him the kind of money he wanted, his new contract does come with a chance to compete for a Stanley Cup.

“I think the Blues have been a team that’s been knocking on the door the last few years,” Morrow said, per’s Lou Korac. “I think they can be a team that can push through it. I wanted to be a part of that.”

The “heavy” game St. Louis plays under head coach Ken Hitchcock may well be better suited to Morrow’s physical style than the freewheeling flair of the Penguins. After almost 1,000 career NHL games, regular season and playoffs combined, plus his share of injures, Morrow has slowed a bit.

Health-wise, however, he says he’s feeling just fine.

“The body feels good and I’ve got something to prove,” he said. “I’m a motivated player right now.”

  1. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I think he fits better on the Blues than he does on the Blackhawks, another rumored destination. I didn’t have any idea where he’d fit. It would’ve had to been 3 or 4th line, and I think he’s better than that, he’s just not better than what the Hawks have

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    His most memorable moment here in Pittsburgh was beating PK Subbans ass

    • upyoursnfu - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Too bad that’s all “no show Morrow” could give. What a trade flop. The best thing the Pens did was let him do was walk.

  3. nflnhlrulznbasux - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Go Blues!!!! The reality of winning the cup is near after so many years.

  4. steelers88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing blues win it. They have a strong fan base and the fans deserve the Cup!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      The huge problem for the Blues is they have the Hawks in their division. Blues are a good/solid team, but they are competing as some highly productive players from Rockford are going to replace some less productive, like Bolland and Frolic.

  5. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    You’re right, Enders. The Blues are a very good team. . They’re biggest problem is simply, they aren’t the Blackhawks.

  6. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    His style fits in perfect on this team. I’m surprised he went this long unsigned. He has a legitimate chance to win the cup there. I hope it works out for him there cause I always liked him and I’ve always liked the blues. Good signing. There’s gonna be some great blues vs. hawks games this year

  7. eggserino - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I don’t like this signing by the Blues. We don’t need also-rans when we’ve got hungry young players. What did signing Mike Keane or Dallas Drake do for the Blues?

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