The rumor mill continues to churn around the Montreal Canadiens, and this time things have switched from Jaromir Jagr to Brenden Morrow.
Former Canadiens Coach, Guy Carbonneau, who just so happens to be Morrow’s Father-in-Law, mentioned on RDS that there have been talks, and will likely be more between Morrow and Montreal.
Morrow is a physical winger who was drafted 25thoverall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. He played his entire 13 year career with the Stars, until a trade deadline deal sent him to the Pittsburgh Penguins this past March.
Morrow scored 11 points with Dallas before the deal, and then chipped in 14 points in just 15 games with the high scoring Penguins. He would only add 2 goals and 2 assists in 14 postseason games with the Pens, but brings much more than just points to the table.
Brenden is an extremely physical winger, who averaged the second most hits per game on the Penguins in the postseason. He has played 92 career NHL playoff games, and though he has never won a Stanley Cup, he will bring experience, and a veteran presence to whichever club signs him.
Brenden has reached the 20 goal plateau seven times in his career, and the 30 goal mark twice. His 12 goals in 44 games this season had him on pace to reach 20 goals once again, showing he can still find the back of the net at 34 years of age.
Morrow’s 30 goal seasons may very well be in his rear view mirror, but he can still contribute in every situation. He can still use his size and toughness to create room for himself in front of the net on the power play, his hockey sense makes him a valuable penalty killer, and his willingness to play a hard nosed style will see him contribute at five on five, even when he is not scoring goals.
Morrow would bring plenty of much needed grit to the Canadiens forward ranks, playing a depth role and making the Canadiens a much harder team to play against.
If the rumors are true, and the source being Carbonneau means they most certainly are, Morrow would be an excellent addition to the Montreal Canadiens.
Morrow is coming off a six year deal, and if Bergevin can find a way to bring him to Montreal on a much shorter contract, preferably one year, he will have found a tough winger who can play on any line with the Canadiens next season, and will have made the Habs a much better team.