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Former Dallas teammates sad to see Morrow depart

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 2:15 PM
Steve Hunt  - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- On the one hand, Brenden Morrow's now-former Dallas Stars teammates weren't surprised to hear he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

That's because they had been hearing rumors of Morrow being dealt for several weeks now, but now that he is officially a Penguin, several Stars took time after Monday's morning skate to reflect on their former captain.

"It's hard to see," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "He's a very good teammate, good friend. He was our captain. He led by example. It's tough to see a guy like that go, a character guy like that. It's part of the business and we all know it can happen to anybody."

With the departure of Morrow, who with 13 seasons under his belt had been Dallas' longest-tenured player, defenseman Trevor Daley, who has been with the Stars since 2003, now holds that distinction.

"Definitely going into a good situation. I got a chance to talk to James Neal yesterday, too, and they're ecstatic to have him [in Pittsburgh]," Daley said. "Obviously, on the other side it's disappointing to see another guy gone. But at the end of the day, it is a business."

Fellow defenseman Alex Goligoski knows a thing or two about playing for the Penguins, since that is where he was traded from in a 2011 pre-deadline deal that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to Pittsburgh.

"Tough to lose him, obviously, captain and a great guy. It'll be a good spot for him, that's for sure. He'll fit in real well with those guys," Goligoski said.

Stars wing Loui Eriksson had been teammates with Morrow for the last five seasons, and like the other members of the Dallas room who have come to know and respect him, seeing him head to the Eastern Conference is definitely a big loss.

"We're losing a great player in this franchise. He's been here for a long time, so of course you're going to miss him. We just want to wish him luck in Pittsburgh," Eriksson said. "He's been captain for us for a while here now. It's been really good to play with him."

Morrow figures to make his Penguins debut on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens and will likely be skating on a line alongside Neal, his former teammate in Dallas.

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