PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Days before the April 3 trade deadline, the Pens acquired 34-year-old forward Brenden Morrow and a 2013 Third-Round NHL Draft Pick from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Joe Morrow and a 2013 Fifth-Round Draft Pick.
“Just looking to add a forward, a playoff proven guy,” Penguins General Nanager Ray Shero said. “Brenden Morrow played with the 2010 Gold Medal team (Canada), he’s familiar with a number of the players here.”
Brenden Morrow had to waive a no-trade clause, similar to past trades when the Penguins acquired Gary Roberts and Bill Guerin.
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“I talked to Brenden today and told him exactly what to expect,” Shero said. “It was a 20-minute conversation and it went really well.”
Shero says he expects Brenden to be a top nine forward whether it’s with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal or with Brandon Sutter (and the third line).
“Looking for that physical nature of his game,” he said. “He’s a guy that will go to those dirty areas and when we get to the playoffs, that’s an important aspect of what we do.”
As for trading 2011 number one pick, 20-year-old defenseman Joe Morrow, Shero said, “It’s hard. Trying to sleep last night knowing you traded a top defenseman. I think we have some high-end guys (on defense) that are going to be good NHL players,” referring to the young defensemen Olli Maatta, Brian Dumoulin and Derrick Pouliot.
“We have a good team, but there are a lot of good teams in the Eastern Conference,” Shero said. “Hopefully he’s going to be a good addition for us, not a savior at all, but a complimentary piece that can add to our group.”