Is Dallas Stars forward Brenden Morrow on the trade block? The SportsNet’s HockeyCentral Trade Tracker panel doesn’t believe that is the case at the moment. But things could change as the February 27 trade deadline nears.
If the Stars are sellers, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News believes that Morrow would be among a number of players the club would want to move. However, a decision on whether they’re buyers or sellers may not be made until sometime in February.
Should the Stars find themselves in a playoff spot, Heika suggests that general manager Joe Nieuwendyk may actually look to bolster his roster rather than gut it.
According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, team sources indicate that the club won’t move their captain before the trade deadline. But while they’re not shopping him, the possibility still remains Morrow could be moved under the right circumstances. Since Morrow is the owner of a no-trade clause in his contract, he can dictate what those circumstances are.
As suggested in the Dallas Morning News, it may be easier said than done to get the caeer Star to waive his NTC.
If he were to be made available for trade, however, McKenzie reports that there would be a lot of suitors.
TSN’s Darren Dreger expects the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking to add a veteran forward for the playoffs, would display interest in Morrow. But would the Stars really deal with one of their biggest rivals? Perhaps if the price is right.
While Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal believes he would be a great fit for the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks, as well, the Stars may not want to move the 33-year-old to any Western Conference team.
The New York Rangers, where former teammate Brad Richards could put in a good word for him, and the Washington Capitals who could use some veteran leadership may be two options in the Eastern Conference.
SportsNet analyst Denis Potvin suggests that Morrow and his leadership abilities may be able to turn the Buffalo Sabres’ fortunes around, while Doug MacLean listed the Ottawa Senators and the Maple Leafs as a couple of teams that would covet the Stars captain.
Due to his reasonable cap hit of $4.1 million, and the packages received for “lesser” players in recent trades, Matheson speculates that the asking price for Morrow could be a first round draft pick and either a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman.