Sunday, March 24, 2013

Penguins Acquire Brenden Morrow

In what seems like a pretty out of nowhere information this came up on the middle of the day on Sunday:



That was met by a lot of confusion and then about a hour later this was the word:



That is it. The Penguins will bring over Brenden Morrow to play for a chance to win a Stanley Cup and from what the general consensus is around the league is that Ray Shero got a pretty good deal in working with Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk. People in Pittsburgh aren't really all that thrilled as they had to give up Joe Morrow, the teams top pick in the 2011 draft, but as they say you have to give to get.

All told the Penguins got Brenden Morrow and a 2013 third round pick while Dallas got Joe Morrow and a 2013 fifth round pick.

Here is the career of Morrow:

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP S S% TOI ATOI
1999-00 21 DAL 64 14 19 33 13 8 81 11 3 113 12.4 1014 15:51
2000-01 22 DAL 82 20 24 44 17 18 128 13 7 121 16.5 1270 15:29
2001-02 23 DAL 72 17 18 35 14 12 109 13 4 102 16.7 1215 16:52
2002-03 24 DAL 71 21 22 43 17 20 134 16 2 105 20.0 1115 15:43
2003-04 25 DAL 81 25 24 49 20 10 121 16 9 132 18.9 1571 19:24
2005-06 27 DAL 81 23 42 65 23 30 183 14 8 146 15.8 1560 19:15
2006-07 28 DAL 40 16 15 31 12 -2 33 8 8 101 15.8 731 18:16
2007-08 29 DAL 82 32 42 74 28 23 105 18 12 207 15.5 1639 19:60
2008-09 30 DAL 18 5 10 15 5 -4 49 3 2 52 9.6 384 21:21
2009-10 31 DAL 76 20 26 46 18 -3 69 10 9 155 12.9 1457 19:10
2010-11 32 DAL 82 33 23 56 24 -3 76 23 9 209 15.8 1577 19:14
2011-12 33 DAL 57 11 15 26 10 1 97 6 5 88 12.5 971 17:02
2012-13 34 DAL 29 6 5 11 5 -8 18 5 1 31 19.4 433 14:55
Career 835 243 285 528 206 102 1203 156 79 1562 15.6 14938 17:53
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2013.

I can see both sides of the table on this. On one hand you can say this is a really nice deal for the Penguins. While Brenden Morrow is on the tail end of his career he is exactly the type of player who thrives in the Dan Bylsma system. He can do a little bit of everything as a gritty player with some skill to boot and will be able to play either on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal or the third line with Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke. Really either way it is a good spot for the Penguins.

The bad side is that the Penguins had to give up what they considered to be their top prospect at the beginning of the season for a player that is on the final year of a deal that is 34 years old. If this helps the Penguins win a Stanley Cup then it is obviously a good move but if this somehow turns into a first or second round exit then Dallas could really have won this trade. Obviously you can't give winners and losers on trades right after they happen (for the most part) so it could play out a few ways.

This comes down to the Penguins making a deal to win now. They are one of the few teams that have a great chance at the cup and they are going to play for that this year. They probably overpaid a little bit but if they win a cup then that is what it is all about. I see a ton of people are screaming this is a win for the Penguins after the info on the deal came through but I wouldn't really go that far. It is a good move for right now. The Penguins have a lot of defensive depth so they can make moves like this and it will be fun to see what Brenden Morrow brings to the table.

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