On Sunday Brendan Morrison was released from his Vancouver Canucks training camp tryout contract. The 12-year NHL veteran was not out of work for very long, on Monday the Calgary Flames signed him to a one-year deal.
When given the chance to try out for the Canucks, Morrison said, “I see myself as a guy who can fit on any line, and any role they present me with is one that I am willing to take on.”
The Flames must have been paying attention, as they will look to Morrison to fill a number of holes in their line up.
Morrison will be counted on to play center on a Flames team that suddenly finds themselves short in that position due to injuries to Matt Stajan, David Moss, and Daymond Langkow. In addition to playing center, the former Canucks alternate captain will help fill a veteran leadership void left vacant in Langkow’s absence.
The versatile Morrison can play center and wing as well as contribute on both the power play and penalty kill units.
Morrison had this to say about signing with Calgary, “It’s a great opportunity to step in and prove you can still produce night in and night out. I’m excited about that. I anticipate coming in and contributing.”
The signing of Morrison will also allow highly-touted 2008 first-round draft pick Greg Nemisz to spend more time to develop in the minor leagues. Flames assistant general manager Jay Feaster had this to say about the impact the signing will have on Nemisz, “we believe a guy like Nemo is gonna play here at some point, but to believe he’s ready to step into a top-six role right now is asking quite a bit.”
The 35-year-old Morrison played last season for the Washington Capitals. In 74 games with the Caps he scored 12 goals and added 30 assists with a plus/minus rating of plus-23.
The one-year deal Morrison signed with the Flames is worth $725,000.