The Dallas Stars have already shown they’re willing to make big changes this summer, as they’ve been among the busier teams since the offseason officially began.
Gone are the long tenured names like Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, with Ott bound for the Buffalo Sabres and Ribeiro headed to our nation’s capital to join the Washington Capitals. The latest NHL rumors have a third longtime Star potentially headed out very soon as well: Brenden Morrow.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Morrow’s name in rumors, as it’s been out there more than once over the past couple of years, but it could be the first time they’re actually realistic, given what we’ve seen from Dallas so far this summer. Last season was a rough one for Morrow, as he appeared in just 57 games and was limited to 26 points.
Despite the fact that injuries have slowed him down the past few seasons, there’s still potentially big value in making a deal to acquire him, if you can get him for the right price.
Morrow can still put up some points, but where he’s really an asset is the physical game. he had 130 hits in those 57 games last season, and 225 the year prior, when he appeared in all 82. He’s also a great guy to have in the locker room, and we’ve seen how important that element can be, as Alexander Semin still sits out on the free agent market.
Morrow also has a cap hit of $4.1 million, which is extremely manageable in this market, especially considering the fact that you’re getting a guy capable of contributing in so many different ways, provided he’s healthy.
Of the teams out there that could acquire him, the St. Louis Blues are reported to be the most interested, despite their current wealth of forwards. You could also likely add teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins or New York Rangers to the list that would likely be in on Morrow, should he be available.
The trade market is pretty much at a standstill right now, likely until we see Semin and Shane Doan find homes. Once those two do, things could heat up. And for teams that miss out on Doan in particular, Morrow could end up being a very popular name for teams looking to add that type of presence to their lineup.