Blues add gritty forward Brenden Morrow
Winger played for Hitchcock, Armstrong in Dallas
Brenden Morrow has found the fit and his agent Brad Devine were seeking since the NHL free-agent season began July 5.
The 34-year-old left-winger is headed to St. Louis, where he will be reunited with his former head coach and general manager from Dallas, after agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million US.
Morrow, who made $4.1 million last season, spent the first 12-plus seasons in Dallas for bench boss Ken Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong, now with St. Louis.
Hitchcock was with the Stars when Morrow broke into the NHL in 1999 and they were together until Dallas fired Hitchcock midway through the 2001-02 season. Armstrong was the Stars GM from January 2002 through Nov. 13, 2007.
Last March 24, Dallas traded Morrow to Pittsburgh, where he scored six goals and 14 points in 15 regular-season games. His production tailed off in the playoffs with Morrow mustering only four points in 14 contests.
"Thanks to Pens and Stars fans for your kind words, both were great experiences.. On to the next one," Morrow posted to his Twitter account.
The Carlyle, Sask., native would appear to be a fit for a team seeking leadership and grit.
He’ll join the likes of David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Derek Roy, who also exhibit those qualities.
Morrow has 542 points and 1,222 penalty minutes in 850 NHL regular-season games.