UPDATE: Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Defenseman Joe Morrow for Dallas Stars Captain, Brenden Morrow

By Stephanie Lewark

UPDATE: The Penguins have since announced this trade which also includes Pittsburgh getting a third-round draft pick in the 2013 Entry Draft and the Stars acquiring a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.

It has not yet been officially confirmed, but the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins have just traded defenseman, Joe Morrow, to the Dallas Stars for their winger captain, Brendan Morrow.  The Trib reportedly spoke to Brenden Morrow’s agent who confirmed the trade.

Morrow was drafted in the first round (25th overall) by Dallas in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and has played with the Stars since the 1999-00 season.  He is signed just through this season (he becomes an unrestricted free agent for the 2013-14 season).  According to the Pittsburgh Trib, Morrow waived his no-trade clause to come to Pittsburgh.  He will not be in the lineup tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Although Joe Morrow was considered a top defensive prospect, it was a better move to trade him rather than rookie Simon Despres.  Morrow has only been called up once this season while Despres has already made a spot for himself on the Penguins roster and, despite having a rocky start, has been on the right track to become an elite defenseman that can hold his own on the Penguins blue line.

Brenden Morrow will most likely be placed on the third or fourth line and will be a welcome addition as Pittsburgh needs a little more grit and veteran presence and can definitely use someone like Morrow on either of those lines.

That last trade Ray Shero made with Dallas worked out pretty well so we can only hope that this one will too.

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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