Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow went through the same roller coaster of emotions many fans did as negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA had their ups and downs over the past few months. And when the two sides announced a tentative deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Morrow was raring to go.
“For the past month you’d get your hopes up and then talks would die down a bit, then they’d get going again and your hopes would go up,” said Morrow. “We all knew this was the last push and if something didn’t get done the season would be lost, just like before. The word cautiously optimistic is thrown around, and that was us. When I got that text message at 6:30 in the morning, there was no chance of going back to bed. The first thing you think of is getting on the ice. It was a Sunday, and there was no chance of that.”
That meant a trip to the gym to put that pent up energy to good use, but Morrow did hit the ice Monday morning, joining a small group of other Dallas Stars players at the team’s practice facility in Frisco. Stephane Robidas, Ray Whitney, Derek Roy, Vernon Fiddler, Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman were among those joining him.