TSN and ESPN are reporting that Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow has opted to waive the no-trade clause in his contract and accept a deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Stars will send Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the Penguins in return for Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a 2013 fifth-round pick.
Brenden Morrow has just 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 right wing on a line with two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin (when healthy) and 40-goal scorer James Neal with the Penguins.
Taken by the Stars with the 25th pick of the 1997 NHL Draft, Brenden Morrow has played all 835 of his NHL games with the Stars, and has been captain since 2006. He's scored at least 20 goals seven times in 12 previous seasons, and has 243 goals and 528 points. He also has 42 points in 78 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had six points in 21 games to help the Stars reach the 2000 Stanley Cup Final as a rookie.
He is in the final season of a six-year, $24.6 million contract and can be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Joseph Morrow was selected by the Penguins with the 23rd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. In his first professional season, he has 15 points in 57 games with the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. An offensively gifted puck-moving blueliner, he had 64 points in 62 games last season with the Portland Winterhawks of Western Hockey League.