The Dallas Stars made a huge splash at free agency by picking up veteran forwards Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. They also were a part of one of the biggest trades since July 1st when they sent tough guy forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Derek Roy. So now the top 6 forwards for the Stars include Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney, and Michael Ryder. Does this leave captain Brenden Morrow as a potential trade candidate?
Morrow, 33, is entering his last season in his contract with the Stars, and the veteran had one of his worst statistical seasons to date. Plagued by neck and back injuries, Morrow collected 11 goals and 15 assists in 57 games. With a reasonable cap hit of $4.1 million for the 2012-2013 season, he could pull in much interest. In 2010-2011, Morrow played in all 82 games and scored a career high 33 goals. There is no question he can still put up points, and even though some teams may question his health, Morrow has said that he has corrected those problems. Morrow is still the type of player that can get those dirty goals, provide excellent leadership, and help push a team into and throughout the playoffs.
As of right now, the teams that may have interest are the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and San Jose Sharks. This may change as the teams who miss out on Shane Doan or Alex Semin may consider Morrow as the consolation prize.
The Stars could receive quite a deal for Morrow in which can help the Dallas Stars build into the Stanley Cup team they once were. As of right now, I would still expect the Stars to be quiet regarding Morrow until Shane Doan and Alex Semin sign, and possibly wait until Rick Nash and/or Bobby Ryan get traded. Right now there is no need to trade Morrow as he can still contribute to the Stars in many ways. If the deal is right, then Morrow may be on the move, but I would expect the Stars to make a trade that will focus on the future.