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Lightning sign Brenden Morrow for one year

Jul 11, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed veteran forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract worth a reported $1.55 million.

Morrow spent the 2013-14 season in St. Louis, where he scored 13 times with 12 assists in 71 games for the Blues. The 35-year-old spent the large majority of his career with the Dallas Stars, before he was traded to Pittsburgh in 2013.

Morrow may not be the player he was in Dallas, or for Team Canada during the 2010 Olympics, but he’s the kind of veteran that Stanley Cup hopefuls often bring aboard to provide leadership and experience.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was the architect of that 2010 Canadian team that won gold in Vancouver.

  1. hosewater2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    “Not the player he was?” I think it’s more accurately “nowhere near the player he was.” Still, good signing at $1.55M.

    • lightning79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      true, but there might be a little hope (he played part of the season with a broken foot)

      Maybe SY is taking a page from Marc Bergevin’s book, sign veteran playoffs performers, healthy scratch them most of the season, and then make them become heroes when the playoffs start. It worked for Briere, Bourque (wasn’t a signing), both were very good in the playoffs.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:17 AM

      Hes under rated and to be honest i was a bit surprised that dallas got rid of him when they did. Its sad, morrow had no talent around him after they won the cup and Modano hung up the skates. So i believe thats where a lot of the heat comes from.

  2. trbowman - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Look at the bottom six of the teams that have hoisted Lord Stanley.

    You need that depth in the playoffs, those unsung heroes who step up. Morrow can chip in a bit for Tampa and in the playoffs. It’s another nice move by Stevie Y, bang up job there.

    Meanwhile, Ottawa fans wonder when their pathetic owner is going to let his GM spend a little cash.

    • spezzdispenser - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      oh we’re not wondering. we know the answer is never.

  3. rbbbaron - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Ha, was just looking at the list of available free agents this morning and thinking about how this guy probably has more gas and impact left in his game than Cleary. Sure enough he signs for what will likely be less than what Holland gave Cleary

  4. itsnotme549 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    So a Canadian who Yzerman did not pick for the 2014 Olympic team still agrees to play for him? Glad to see there are still some unselfish players in the league.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      I see what you did there.


    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Has no relevence – Canada had an insane # of outstanding players to chose from. Martin St. Louis was initially left off the team, and he was much more productive that year and the preceeding. SY did an outstanding job of building both teams. Probably 20 Canadians were disappointed.

      Knowing that whoever Team USA selected were going to have a BIG gap in points scored season to date, I still can’t get over how Oprik was selected over Yandle, Brown over Saad or Okposo.

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I much rather have morrow than cleary…oh holland

    • cliffatola - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      I wish I could like this comment multiple times, I give Holland credit for being a man of his word but he might want to start using his ears and mouth in proportion 2:1.

  6. georgejarkko - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    He’ll be a good mentor for Callahan, plus he’s a(n arguably) better player than Ryan Malone at a MUCH lower price.

    • georgejarkko - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Who do you think gave that a thumb down, a recent recipient of a buyout from the Lightning maybe?

  7. thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Kind of reminds me when the Bruins picked up Recchi(although that was through a trade) a few years ago.

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Except that Recchi clearly had gas left in the tank when Boston got him.

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Haha, fair enough, but I think Morrow will do well on this Tampa Bay team

      • lightning79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        he didn’t look good this season, but he was injured for a while, and had to play with a broken foot.

  8. chanceoffleury - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    His playoff run with the Pens was forgettable to say the least, but his short while as a penguin will forever be immortalized in my mind with the image of him and Subban going at it right before the playoffs. As someone who isn’t a huge Subban fan, it was awesome.

  9. ntvd7 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Good move

    Get him in front of the net, corners, and show the kids how to play with heart

    The Lightning are going to be a serious contender

  10. pfhockey - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Palat – Stamkos – Callahan
    Johnson – Filppula – Connolly
    Killorn – Drouin – Panik/Brown
    Morrow – Boyle

    Now we have much better depth and more grit with the signings of Cally, Boyle, and Morrow. I like the moves that the Yzerman has made so far. Should we win GM of the year next year if everything goes according to plan.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Drouin playing center.. no way, especially his rookie year.

      • pfhockey - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        He played C in Juniors last year, either it was to make him more versatile and/or make him a more responsible player. It was requested by Yzerman that he’d play center there.
        It could still look somewhat like this
        Killorn – Filppula – Connolly
        Drouin – Johnson – Panik/Brown

        Also to note, Drouin won at least 53% of his faceoffs in last year taking nearly 1000 faceoffs.
        Unless Drouin has a great preseason unlike last year, he’ll be slotted on the third line to start out.

    • lightning79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Drouin playing C was to fast track his development in his own zone. Worked wonders. Now he will more than likely become a LW.

      • pfhockey - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        That’s what I was thinking. I want to see him play alongside Stamkos this year.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:14 AM

      Drouin may start on the third line but by the end of the season look to see either Palat or Callahan drop to the second line. They will want the kid in Stamkos’ arm pit. Stamkos misses and needs st louis and this is a reincarnated version of a young Marty. I dont put it past the lightening to have a great year and make a run so long that they can stay healthy. Stamkos and Ovechkin are two guys you see and your head spins a bit when you realize neither have yet to win a cup.

      Also, Isnt Killorn naturally a center? So i would look to see him playing center and i highly doubt boyle will be their 4th line center. Whatever the case may be they are looking like a good team. Dont need a star player on every line like Pittsburgh just need guys throughout the line up that can get it done at any given time. That is what they have right now

      • pfhockey - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Killorn is not a center. And I took into account that Drouin will move up in the lineup. Unless Drouin becomes a star this season, Palat will play on the first line. Palat could secretly be a star in the making, scoring 44 points in his last 42 games, while being a good two way guy. Johnson might be a candidate for third line pivot but I think he’s too good for that.

  11. 950003cups - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    “where he scored 13 times”

    In my day they used to say “where he scored 13 goals”

    Times, they are a changin’

    (blom, get me a youtube video that has nothing to do with what I just mentioned)

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:36 AM

  12. rupp246 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Lightning are obviously going for it this year with all the moves they are making. I hope it works out for them even though I’m a Ranger fan.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

      I second that… and obviously iam a devils fan, another thing i have to ask is when will your team step up for poor lundqvist man? Devils are down right now so this is their time… I am a fan of the NHL all together so i can set aside those Rivalries when i see a guy like Henrik Lundqvist play. He is by far the best goalie in the league right now. I would put him up there with the greats like Roy, Brodeur hassek belfour, turco and obvioulsy mike richter…. but that team cant get it together. Last year he out played Tuuka in the conference finals, They lost and this past one he out played Quick and they couldnt get it done. I do feel bad for the guy…

  13. mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    I have to say… I like the moves Tampa Bay is making. I think everyone was a little bit in shock when they saw Martin St. Louis get traded but that is a case all in its own. I dont know how Yzerman was going to snub marty from team canada but non the less…. With Drouin coming up he will fill that void for years to come. Now its Stamkos’ turn the teach the kid. Callahan is a player that they needed and Brenden Morrow was always an underrated player. He will be a good fit for this team. We all know their offensive qualities but hopefully their Defense can step it up. They will make it to the playoffs but if they can play in all three zones, this will be a serious cup contender next year for the east.

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