Free agent forward Brenden Morrow signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues today. The deal is reportedly for $1.5 million.
Morrow, 34, played his entire career with the Dallas Stars including 29 games in 2012-2013 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 24 for Joe Morrow and the Penguins fifth round draft pick. The Penguins also received a third round pick from Dallas in the trade.
Morrow scored six goals and eight assists with the Penguins in 15 games, adding to the six goals and five assists he had while still in Dallas. Morrow only scored two goals and two assists for Pittsburgh in the playoffs but according to Pierre LeBrun was playing with a split knee cap. Morrow has a history with knee problems, having once tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2008 and required surgery.
While Morrow avoided the whirlwind of the first day of free agency signings, his name came up in rumours when it was said he had his agent personally contact Marc Bergevin and did it through his wife’s father, former Montreal Canadiens player and head coach Guy Carbonneau. Ultimately nothing came of the exchange and Morrow sat on the market until today’s signing in St. Louis.
Pierre LeBrun had reported earlier in free agency that he was interested in playing for a contender. Morrow was also rumored to have a contract offer from the Carolina Hurricanes, but let that offer sit in order to look for a better opportunity, such as this one in St. Louis
Morrow made $4.1M last season.
Morrow was a member of Canada’s 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in Vancouver, as well as a member of the 2004 World Cup Winning Squad, and 2004 World Championship winning team.
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