We’ve seen a few veteran players in the twilight of their careers go out and chase a Stanley Cup in free agency, with Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson both signing with contenders in hopes of hoisting one before they call it quits. Next up in the free agent Cup chasers is Brenden Morrow.
Morrow hoped he was going to achieve that task when he was sent from the Dallas Stars, the team he spent his entire career with, up to the Pittsburgh Penguins. That obviously didn’t work out, as the Pens were swept out of the postseason in the Eastern Conference Finals.
There have been teams to show interest in Morrow as a free agent, but to this point, none have been serious enough for him to reach a deal. He has reportedly contacted the Montreal Canadiens, however, to express his interest in joining the Habs for the 2013-14 season.
It’s an interesting match, and one that many not exactly make a ton of sense. He still has some game left, but he’ll turn 35 next season. He plays the physical game and can still contribute on offense, as evident by the 14 points he posted in 15 games when he was with Pittsburgh in the second half of the year.
The Habs could use that physical type of game, but from a personnel standpoint, they don’t have much room to spare. They’re pretty deep up front, and Morrow likely wouldn’t see time above the third line, at least to start. Despite the fact that it was Morrow that contacted the Habs, he might not want to serve such a limited role.
Then again, at this point in his career, Morrow might be satisfied with a decreased role if it mean that he’d take home a Stanley Cup. Whether or not that happens with Montreal remains to be seen, but it’d be a bit surprising to see the Habs as the team that signs him for this season.