Every hockey year February and March turns into trade rumor season. In many cases these rumors are worth at least a glance, but every once in awhile rumors catch wind and the logic of the situation gets lost in the surprise, excitement or whatever a potential trade has.
Brenden Morrow trade rumors have caught much the same ignorant head of steam.
I've seen dozens of teams desperate for his leadership and grit, and teams that would make great trade partners for the Stars. But let's face facts, while the Stars may be desperate for a playoff birth, it's unlikely their captain and soul of the team would be moved.
Below are my top five reasons why Brenden Morrow will remain in a Stars jersey after the trade deadline.
1. Morrow is a fan favorite. Sure, he's been injured on and off in recent memory, but when he is on the ice he is as skilled as ever and always demands attention from the opposing team.
GM Joe Nieuwendyk won't trade a fan favorite since he first strapped on a Stars uniform. The Stars franchise has generally been one of a family, and you don't consider trading away family.
With a new owner who entered and immediately slashed ticket prices to fill the seats and expand the team to new fans, I can't see it being a good business move to alienate long-time fans by trading their fan favorite.
2. Morrow can still perform. As mentioned in No. 1, he hasn't lost a step. It's no doubt a problem when he is injured, but a solution can surely be figured out to better enable Morrow to stay healthy and in the lineup.
3. He's the captain. Sure instances happen now and then when a captain of a team might get traded, but it's generally rare. When you entrust a player with the leadership capability of leading the entire team, especially for as long as Morrow has been captain, it becomes a situation where he kind of has a job for as long as he wants it.
4. The one-sided trade fear has to be an issue. There's a lot of gambling and what ifs when it comes to trades, and I just don't see the Stars able to trade Morrow for someone who can pick up the slack left behind by Morrow plus get them into the playoffs now.
The Stars will probably be buyers at the deadline, but the fear of trading Morrow and him getting healthy in the near future could be a huge fear for Dallas.
5. A no-trade clause says at the end of the day he plays for what team he wants. Morrow was drafted by Dallas, and has always had a close affinity to both the team and the city. I can't see him being willing to leave unless a perfect opportunity fell into his lap.
At the end of the day Dallas is still in the thick of the playoff race and it's doubtful one move would alter whether Dallas does or does not make the playoffs. The Stars should be wary buyers come trade-deadline time, and keep Brenden Morrow where he belongs, as the Stars' captain.