Could Stars captain Brenden Morrow be available? What will the Blackhawks search for in the coming weeks on the trade market?
TSN.CA/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Contending teams are wondering if Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow is available. TSN’s Bob McKenzie claims there some talk within the NHL community Morrow might become available if the Stars fall out of playoff contention by the trade deadline. Currently, the Stars are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. Morrow also has one year remaining on his contract so management aren’t facing pressure to move him as they did last season with Brad Richards. He also has a “no-trade” clause. McKenzie cited a source claiming the Stars probably won’t move Morrow, but didn’t fully close the door on the possibility. The Morning News suggested contending teams might be willing to part with “a nice package of young talent” for Morrow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Stars are in the thick of the playoff hunt by February 27th, Morrow stays put, but if they should fall out of it by then, it wouldn’t be surprising if they try to move him.
SUNTIMES.COM/NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has made it known he’s seeking a defenseman to play on their second pairing. As good as young Nick Leddy has been this season, the ‘Hawks have relied on him too much, and help is needed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Defense now appears to be more of a priority, but I also wouldn’t rule out Bowman trying to land a top-six forward. Guess we can expect the ‘Hawks to have some interest in Carolina’s Tim Gleason.