Longtime Stars captain Brenden Morrow will be donning a new sweater for the first time in his career after he was dealt to the Pens. Given the fact that he was an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Stars were looking to get younger, this deal was seen as inevitable, regardless of where he ended up.
Along with Morrow, the Stars also sent a third round pick to the Penguins. In exchange, they receive defensive prospect Joe Morrow, formerly a first round pick of the Pens in 2011. He just turned 20 years old. The Stars also grabbed a fifth round pick from the Pens in the deal.
This is obviously a terrific situation for Morrow, as he gets a chance to win a Stanley Cup and he fits in well with Pittsburgh. But did the Stars get enough value for dealing their captain? It certainly looks like it.
The question of dealing a third rounder aside, the Stars look like they got a terrific defensive prospect in exchange for Brenden Morrow. This is a team going through a bit of a rebuild, and has some emerging talent on offense. But their blue line is something that is looked at as needing a lot of work. Joe Morrow helps to improve that defense for the future.
Morrow has the potential to be the total package as a defenseman. He can play at both ends of the ice, he can be physical, he can run a power play, and has a terrific shot from the point. He’s exactly the type of defenseman that the Dallas Stars need. When he eventually makes it to that level, as he still has a bit of developing to do.
The Stars managed to turn Brenden Morrow, who was likely going to leave as a free agent, into a defenseman that could be a part of their future. Certainly looks like a deal that is going to be worth it for the Stars.