The Dallas Stars have already made one trade that altered their lineup when they acquired Erik Cole from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Michael Ryder. Stars GM, Joe Nieuwendyk doesn’t appear to be finished tinkering with his club’s roster either as it’s been reported that he is actively shopping Brenden Morrow according to The Fourth Period.
The report states that the Stars are expected to move Morrow by the April 3rd deadline and while the Eastern Conference is where the club would prefer to send him, there hasn’t been any confirmation around which clubs are the leading candidates at this time.
Earlier today we learnt from TSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Stars could also look at moving center Derek Roy by the deadline with the Vancouver Canucks emerging as a potential landing spot.
Both Morrow and Roy are set to become unrestricted free-agents this summer, perhaps the biggest reason the club is looking at parting ways with both players.
Morrow is making $4.1 million this season and Roy an even $4 MM. With both players likely to receive a raise on the open market, the Stars are considering trading them now and capitalize on the opportunity to stockpile some prospects.
Dallas is not out of the playoff hunt by any means, just two points out of eighth. Dealing Morrow and/or Roy would signify that the team is looking at a youth movement that may end up with no postseason this spring.
Morrow brings the physical aspect of the game to a contending club and the Boston Bruins are the team that he would most likely fit with. The Bruins are said to be seeking a gritty second or third line player and the Stars have scouts at the Bruins game tonight according to TFP.