The Pittsburgh Penguins won the bidding for Dallas Stars mainstay Brenden Morrow. The Boston Bruins made a late pitch, too, but Morrow waived his no-trade clause in order to join Sidney Crosby and Co.
The rugged power forward adds toughness and skill to the already powerful Penguins. The Penguins acquired Morrow and a 3rd-round pick 2013 in exchange for prospect Joe Morrow and a 5th-round pick 2013.
The Stars stayed on the “sale/no sale” bubble for a while now. By moving Morrow, a franchise fixture, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk conceded that getting even older may not have been the route to travel.
The addition of twilight-year veterans Jaromir Jagr, Erik Cole, Ray Whitney yielded mixed results. The lack of a steady back-up goaltender proved costly. The revolving door in the third defensive pairing has been helpful.
For a host of reasons, the Stars haven’t been able to maintain a home-ice advantage this season. “You look at the whole and realize we’re at home and we have to win a bunch of these,” center Derek Roy told the Dallas Morning News after his team’s 5-2 victory over Colorado. “We’re at home, there’s no excuse, no travel,’’ he said of the team’s five-game homestand.”
The franchise’s financial instability has hung over the hockey operation ominously, making it more difficult to make long-term moves.
Pittsburgh presumably bowed out of the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes by making this deal, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts the price the Calgary Flames get for him in a trade.