TSN’s Pierre LeBrun and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari report via Twitter Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Details to follow, and I daresay this takes the Penguins out of the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes.
**UPDATE** In addition to Morrow, the Penguins also receive a third round pick in 2013. The Stars, meanwhile, receive prospect defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As always with deals like these, in which an ageing veteran becomes a playoff rental player, time will tell how this ultimately works out. In the short-term, it should boost the Penguins depth on the left side, as Morrow could end up on Evgeni Malkin’s line. Still, Morrow is now past his prime, and was plagued last season by back and neck injuries, so it’ll be interesting to see how well he fits into the Penguins system. If he becomes another Bill Guerin, their Cup hopes significantly improve. It’ll take longer to determine how the return pans out for the Stars, as Joe Morrow is still playing for Portland in the WHL.