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Hawks acquire Brendan Morrison from Flames

Friday, 01.27.2012 / 9:29 PM / News

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired veteran center Brendan Morrison from the Calgary Flames on Friday in exchange for minor-league defenseman Brian Connelly.

Brendan Morrison
Center - CHI
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 11
SOG: 33 | +/-: -1
Morrison, 36, has four goals and 11 points in 28 games for the Flames this season – he returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing two weeks with an upper-body injury. The Hawks will be his seventh NHL team since entering the League with New Jersey, which took him in the second round of the 1993 NHL Draft. He played four seasons at the University of Michigan before joining the Devils in 1997.

Morrison has 200 goals, 401 assists and 446 penalty minutes in 923 regular-season games -- he scored his 200th NHL goal on Jan. 1. His best NHL season came in 2002-03, when he had 25 goals and 71 points for the Vancouver Canucks.

Connelly, 25, has played with Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, after signing with the Hawks in the spring of 2009 following three seasons at Colorado College. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Bloomington, Minn., set franchise record for scoring by a defenseman last season with 11 goals and 41 assists for 51 points; he had five goals and 31 assists in 44 games with Rockford this season and was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game.

"As we projected our line-up going forward we felt it was going to be difficult for us to find a spot for Brendan or get him significant ice-time," Flames GM Jay Feaster. "Given his pending UFA status and the fact that we were not going to re-sign him, we felt it important to try to move him for another asset. In Brian Connelly we obtain a 25-year-old highly skilled AHL All-Star defenseman who is still a legitimate prospect. We are excited to have Brian in the organization."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery