Brendan Morrison Claimed by Dallas Stars

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2009

"One man's garbage is another man's gold."

This statement couldn't be more applicable than it is with the Dallas Stars' waiver pickup of the Anaheim Ducks' Brendan Morrison. Morrison fills the only real need for the Stars: a veteran center.

Problem is, Morrison never looked comfortable with the Ducks. He never looked like the center he had been before a leg injury last season. Still, he provides a speedy, skilled forward to fill the void left by Brad Richard's wrist injury.

Brendan Morrison is a skilled veteran who brings valuable experience and character to our team for this Playoff push,” said Stars Co-GM Les Jackson in the Stars' press release. “He is a strong competitor who we are excited to add to our group.”

The 33-year-old Morrison has appeared in 62 games this season, recording 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points with 16 penalty minutes.

Morrison should see a spike in numbers with the Stars, as his style of play will likely fit his new club much better than his former. He brings veteran leadership to a club fighting to make the Playoffs.

The Morrison pickup is the only reported move by the Stars at the NHL Trade Deadline.