Brenden Morrow emerged with the Dallas Stars early in the previous decade, when the team was in transition. A number of the standouts who played key roles in the team winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 were aging and moving on, and Morrow was seen as the leader of the next generation of Stars.
The team awarded him the captaincy in 2006 to cement that spot, and he more than lived up to his role as a leader on and off the ice.
But injuries and time have dulled his effectiveness over the last two seasons, bringing his future with the team into question.
NHL.com examines the pros and cons to the Stars making Morrow available to move prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL Trade Deadline:
Position: Left wing
Statistics: 27 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points
Salary status: Morrow is in the final season of a six-year, $24.6 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Keep him: For most of his career, Morrow has been the prototypical power forward, fighting for goals and creating havoc in front of the net in the offensive zone. While injuries have slowed him, at 34 there's no reason to think Morrow is past his prime. And as the Stars begin to transition younger players into the lineup, Morrow is an ideal leader to help in their adjustment.
Move him: The effects of 13 seasons of playing a crash/bang style began to catch up to Morrow last season, as injuries limited him to 57 games, and though he's missed two games this season, he clearly isn't the same player. Coach Glen Gulutzan even tried shifting him to the fourth line in the hope that would somehow spark him. Morrow's skills haven't completely deserted him, but it could be time for a change for both player and team. Morrow was on the younger side when he came into the League, serving as the guy who bumped out Mike Modano and Brett Hull; now he's in their spot as Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn emerge. The Philadelphia Flyers reportedly have shown interest in Morrow, and other teams could enter the bidding for a power forward who can contribute at even strength and on the power play.
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