March 25 by The Hockey Daily
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired LW Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars yesterday. Along with Morrow the Pens acquired a 3rd round pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft in exchange for defenceman prospect Joe Morrow and a 5th rounder. By adding Brenden the Penguins acquire depth, grit, leadership and scoring.
The Penguins are deep up front. Already sporting the best one/two punch down the middle with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the Pittsburgh Penguins top two lines are deadly and dangerous. Third line centre Brandon Sutter is one of the best at his position too, giving the Pens three properly suited options at centre. On the wings the Pens have a playoff ready bunch. James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy form an experienced hard working group. Add Morrow to the mix and the Pens have three very deep lines rivalling any team in the Eastern Conference.
Morrow plays with a lot of grit. Brenden Morrow is a heart and soul type of player with a mean streak and ability to play the game hard. He joins an LW that already features two of the games best forecheckers Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke. Opposing defenders are not going to get a break when they play the Penguins moving forward. With Kunitz, Morrow and Cooke constantly replacing each other shift after shift the Pens have a great opportunity to physically wear down whoever they play.
Morrow brings leadership to the Penguins. Morrow comes to the Pens as a former captain with a lot of experience as a leader. He was incredible in the 2007-08 playoffs leading the Stars to the Western Conference Finals, where throughout eighteen games Morrow recorded 9 goals and 6 assists. His leadership will be welcomed on a Penguins team that has not had much playoff success since they won the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Morrow can still score. Morrow is a former thirty goal scorer in the NHL and he’ll look to add some scoring to the Penguins. His offensive numbers have declined in recent years but so has the talent surrounding him. If Morrow is given an opportunity to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal he will be an improvement over the wingers they’ve had thus far this season. The Penguins have not been able to replace the loss of Kunitz to the Malkin/Neal duo.
Former teammates meet again. Brenden morrow and James Neal played almost three seasons together with the Dallas Stars. The acquisition of Morrow allows the Pens to put him with his former teammate in the hopes the adjustment period will be quick and easy for Brenden.
Team Canada teammates reunite. Brenden Morrow was a member of the 2010 Canadian National Men’s Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal in Vancouver. Penguins C Sidney Crosby and G Marc Andre Fleury shared success with Morrow in that memorable tournament that saw Canada win its second straight gold on North American soil.
What does this mean for the rest of the Eastern Conference? Well, incase it wasn’t already obvious, the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take a run at the Stanley Cup and they’re not afraid to make the necessary moves needed to improve their chances.