Source say the Pens and Stars have a trade in place for Brendan Morrow. However, he has yet to waive no trade clause.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 24, 2013
That was met by a lot of confusion and then about a hour later this was the word:
Brendan Morrow waives his NTC to go to Pitt #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) March 24, 2013
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:
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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.