BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:Meh, he got shipped out of Dallas because he wasn't very good and dummies were willing to part with assets to get him. They signed 2 40 year olds to 2 year deals (Whitney and Gonchar), if he was good and not an upcoming UFA they would have kept him. They have decent talent there, guys like Morrow would be much needed with all the young forwards they have on the team and in e system.
I disagree. It's my understanding that Morrow was traded because the Stars were ready to hand the team to Jamie Benn, who was ready to step out of Morrow's shadows as the team leader. Much similar to what happened in Calgary with Iginla, the Stars simply were ready for a changing of the guard that wouldn't and couldn't happen with Morrow there. Whitney and Gonchar were brought in as short-term revolving-door type players. Their age is irrelevant.
Think of it as a Lemieux/Crosby thing. As long as Lemieux played, it was his team, regardless of Crosby's skills. Lemieux retired and Crosby took over as "the man." That's what happened in Dallas with Morrow and Benn.
As for Morrow overall, I'd like to have him back in Pittsburgh as a third liner at around $1.5 - $2 million (cap issues not withstanding). He's precisely what is needed on the third line, even if his wheels aren't what they once were. His grit, in-your-face/run-through-a-wall-to-win attitude, and finishing skills (even if diminishing) certainly wouldn't hurt the team, considering the third/fourth lines are lacking in identity.
I don't know. That seems kind of stretch. This wasn't Mario / Sid. While Morrow was beloved he was a folk hero and not Mike Modano. I doubt he was holding back Benn and that seems like a pretty silly reason to trade a productive warrior/leader when that is exactly what a team like theirs would need.
It seems to me all the evidence points otherwise anyways. He wasn't very good at most aspects of the game with us, or the Stars, stars keep signing aging vets yet dumped him, nobody has signed morrow yet and he is a UFA plus some teams have plenty of cap space, he is supposedly what a young team would want out of a captain, Stars apparently could use playoff money and so on.
I just agree to disagree I guess.