Here are some quotes from Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on the trade of Brenden Morrow, who was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday along with a third round draft pick in exchange for defense prospect Joe Morrow and a fifth round pick.
On the trade
“These are always tough decisions. My goal in this has always been to try to keep an eye on the future and, with my respect for Brenden Morrow, to try to find him a situation, if at all, that makes sense for him. I really believe we’ve accomplished two things here. We’ve added a young prospect our guys are really excited about, a former first rounder from Pittsburgh. We have good knowledge about him from our ties in the Western Hockey League. So we’re excited about that, a 20-year-old, potential top four defenseman. Brenden has an opportunity to play playoff hockey with a good group of players in Pittsburgh. I think it will be real good for him as well.”
On if it was particularly tough to trade Brenden Morrow.
“Yep. I love the guy. We’ve had some emotional talks over the years. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him, what he has done for the franchise and the way he plays. He did that to his last game. He’ll always be considered a Dallas Star. He also knows he’s got some fight left in him, but it’s clear what we are doing here, too. We’ve incorporated some young prospects. We’ve signed Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr and I think he realizes that his best opportunity to do what he wants to do over the next two or three years is to go play with Pittsburgh in the playoffs.”
On how the team will approach the captaincy with Morrow gone
“I’m not in any hurry to name a captain or our team isn’t. I think we can go without one. We have a number of leaders in that locker room. No urgency.”
On what Stars scouts like about defenseman Joe Morrow
“He plays at a real high level. He’s a dynamic skater and he has a real shot. He ran a power play with Portland (WHL), so he has that capability. I think with a first year pro there is always an adjustment and a learning curve and he’s going through that with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), not putting up the numbers he did in his last year in Portland. He plays a real quick game, he defends well. He’s not a punishing guy, but he’s a real good puck transporter. He’s a solid player, over 200 pounds. He’s just an all-around player that can move with the puck.”
On what the immediate plans are for Joe Morrow
“I think he’ll come in tomorrow and watch our game and skate with us Tuesday and Wednesday and just get incorporated. Then we’ll make a decision whether or not we want to put him in a game on Friday or let him go play with the American League team.