The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ray Shero announced today that they have acquired forward Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick from the Dallas Stars for defensive prospect Joseph Morrow and a fifth-round draft choice.
Even though the Pens had to part ways with first round pick Morrow, Shero recognizes you’ve got to give up something to receive something.
“You have to decide as a team, if you’re buying, if you’re willing to play them. If you’re not, you’re not going to get anybody.”
Due to Pittsburgh’s abundance in young defensive prospects (two having been drafted in the first round this past draft,) it was a little easier for the organization to deal Morrow.
Still, it wasn’t too long ago that the Pens came out to say that they were unwilling to trade him, so it comes as a little surprise.
Brenden Morrow, 34, has captained the Stars his whole 13-year career and provides the type of grit the Pens need. In 29 games this season, Morrow has registered 11 points (6G, 5A).
For now, it doesn’t appear as though the team knows where he will line up, but the deal strikes strong similarities to past deals in which forwards Gary Roberts and Bill Guerin were acquired round the trade deadline.
Seeing as how beneficial those players were to the Pens during their times with the team, it only seems fitting that Shero would pull the trigger on snatching Morrow.
It also leads you to believe that the Pens may not be done dealing yet.
Now that they have Morrow, the team now has one more forward than they already had, so another move might be in the mix.
There has been speculation the team has been trying to acquire a top-4 defenseman to skate with Kris Letang, and knowing the depth the team already has–along with Shero’s trade spontaneousness–it may very well happen.