Brenden Morrow will be return to the services of GM Doug Armstrong. Armstrong was GM in Dallas back in 2006, when Morrow was given his initial contract with the Dallas Stars. Morrow was in his prime, and playing his best hockey of his career. But, we all remember the entire story of the Stars long time franchise player, Mike Modano being stripped of his captaincy for Morrow right?
Armstrong has reeled Morrow back into his services once again, and with a one year deal worth only $1.5 million. Morrow was originally asking for $2 million when free agency opened earlier this summer. Morrow will turn 35 in January, and his numbers aren’t what they used to be. But he’s a strong player, and will bring a lot of grit to the Blues team, and will be accompanied by the leadership skills in the locker room that dethroned Modano so long ago.
The connections between Morrow and other personnel in the Blues organization is far too noticeable for any of it to be referred to as coincidence. Ken Hitchcock, now the coach of the Blues, was head coach of the Stars when Morrow was drafted back in 1997. Hitchcock was also the head coach of the Stars for Morrow’s first three seasons in the NHL. Also among the personnel group in St. Louis is former Stars teammate, Brett Hull, who was just hired in recently as the Blues executive vice president.
Morrow will bring a necessary grit to the Blues team, that many consider to be a top contender already in the West this season. The Blues have nearly everything in place that they need to make a run to the Cup. The defense is stacked, the offense isn’t over the top, but there’s enough to get the job done on a nightly basis, and they own the rights to three goalies, who all are more than capable of manning the crease on a nightly basis.
The addition of Morrow in St. Louis only strengthens the core of players the Blues have at the moment, and they’re beginning to look even scarier than I may have originally anticipated. The West is full of skill, and they’re sitting pretty in what I would consider the weakest division in the NHL.