Looking for a top-nine forward who could add a bit of experience and grit to a unit that is already clicking on offense, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the first big-name move in the lead-up to next month's NHL Trade Deadline, obtaining Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow.
The Penguins announced Sunday night they had acquired the 34-year-old, who waived a no-trade clause, and a 2013 third-round pick for Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a 2013 fifth-round pick.
"The way he plays the game is something we wanted to try to add, something we identified," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Sunday night during the first intermission of his team's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center. "Certainly, at this time of year, we're talking about the demand vs. the supply, and there's a limited number of players available. So, that's where you lead into a good prospect like a Joe Morrow."
Brenden Morrow has six goals and 11 points in 29 games this season, and for a short time was playing on the Stars' fourth line. However, he could be rejuvenated by potentially playing wing on one of the top two lines of the high-scoring Penguins. Those lines are centered by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.