After deciding to waive his no-trade clause, Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow has reportedly been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun hits us with the report:
Pitt gets B. Morrow and a 3rd-round pick 2013 in exchange Dallas gets prospects Joe Morrow and a 5th-round pick 2013— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 24, 2013
While the details of this deal have yet to become official, Yahoo! Sports Harrison Mooney had also reported that Penguins' defensive prospect Joe Morrow was set to be the centerpiece of the Stars' haul.
The 20-year-old Morrow was the 23rd overall selection in the 2011 draft.
The clubs had previously agreed to this trade and were simply waiting for the 34-year-old Morrow to decide if he was going to wave his no-trade clause.
LeBrun also reported that both Morrow and his agent Brad Devine told ESPN that, as late as Sunday afternoon, Morrow was still discussing this trade with his family while he decided what to do.
It is certainly understandable. Morrow has not known any other home but the Stars in his NHL career.
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Morrow entered the league in 1999-2000 and quickly became one of the league's best power forwards. He has scored 243 goals in his time with the Stars and he put up a career-high 33 goals just two seasons ago.
However, time and injuries appear to have taken their toll on Morrow. He scored just 11 goals in 57 games last season, and he has just six goals and five assists in 23 games this season.
This certainly isn't to say he is not without value. He is still a quality player and an excellent leader, and he will be a nice addition to the Penguins lineup.
The move also enables the Stars to get younger and avoid having to make a difficult decision with Morrow's contract expiring at the end of the season.