Penguins Acquire Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars, The Whole World Surprised that Joe Nieuwendyk Still Takes Calls from Ray Shero


The Pens have acquired Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars (along with a third round pick) in exchange for Joe Morrow and a fifth round pick. Is this really as bad of a fleecing as the infamous James Neal and Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski trade? Probably not. Rob Rossi insists that the Pens viewed Joe Morrow as a better prospect than either Beau Bennett or Simon Despres (which indubitably is why he was the only one of the three to not play in the NHL this season), and even if he really isn’t, the Stars are guaranteed to have J.Morrow around for 2 more years, something that the Pens can’t equally claim. B.Morrow is a pending UFA and he’s also 34 years old now.


A lot of people who actually watch the Stars (okay, its only a few) say that Morrow has been permanently damaged from years of banging bodies. Of course that’s the same that the few people who watched the Islanders said about Billy G. in 2009 and we know how that turned out.


No matter where he fits into the lineup Morrow can be a huge difference maker. On one hand the Pens should consider giving him the “Billy G Treatment” which is to say Morrow should get the chance to skate with one of the big guys, in this case it should seem to be Geno along with his former teammate and linemate James Neal. For the first time the Pens can nearly claim to have two Chris Kunitz’s, and to us that’s the most important key to having both Sid and Geno rolling together. That choice also works because you just don’t know what’s going to happen with Beau Bennett–don’t get us wrong, Beau looks to be growing every game–but it would be good to have a guy that very plainly has intangibles like leadership and desire on a line like that in the postseason.

On the flip side, the Pens could play him on the third line with Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke. That would do two things: stretch the scoring across three lines (which is good) and create an unparalleled shutdown unit (which is also good). Either way this is a strong move from King Shero.

At this point you might be asking why did the Pens give up Joe Morrow and not like TK? Well there was bizarre news that the Bruins made an offer at the exact same time as the Pens, a player in a Penguins sweater is one not one in a Bruins sweater, the Pens needed a significant offer so that’s what happened. In this day and age you can’t just give up bad players to get good ones. In five years we genuinely hope that J.Morrow will be a good pro, but we also hope he won’t be as good as Harrington, Dumolin, Pouliot, and Maata.

Some further thoughts…

  • Renaud Lavoie reported earlier today that Jarome Iginla had submitted a “short list” of teams he would accept a trade to, that list: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh. No way of knowing for sure if this is good info, but if true you have to figure that with this info available and the Pens out of the running the Flames are going to have a hard time getting what they would like to from an Iggy trade.

  • Of course simultaneously, the Bruins, who were trying to land Morrow as well, are probably now doubly as desperate to get Iginla so who knows what’ll happen.

    • And we’ll say this about Iginla: could he maybe be a little better goal scorer? Sure, but really, the Bruins are going to have to mess with the chemistry of their locker room to even bring him in, they’re going to have to take pieces out and then bring in a guy with minimal history, outside of playing in the Olympics with Patrice Bergeron, and you don’t know how that’s going to go.

    • With Morrow, he was the captain of James Neal and Matt Niskanen for several years, apparently Nealer was instrumental in convincing Morrow to waive his No Trade Clause to come here. Advantage Penguins.

  • Despite some of their shortcomings, this author is glad the Pens didn’t trade any NHL roster players, namely Tyler Kennedy and/or Dustin Jeffrey. TK has normally played well in the playoffs, and has the ring to prove it, and DJ is just so useful as a bench player.

  • Of course someone else has to go when Morrow arrives and Geno comes back from injury, as such we hope the Pens have at least one more trick up their sleeve.

  • Pens are in win now mode, and that’s good. You want to know how the Pens can sign Geno and Kris Letang this offseason? Win a Cup, convince them that they don’t get that opportunity everywhere, ask for a slight hometown discount, c’est la vie.

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