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Brenden Morrow A 4th-Liner?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Morrow is playing on the fourth line and has logged less than 10 minutes a game in each of the last two outings. He hasn’t seen that kind of role since he wore No. 45 while breaking in as a rookie back in 1999-2000. It’s not an easy decision for the Stars to make, and it’s not an easy reality for Morrow, who has played 812 games in a Stars uniform and has been captain for the past seven seasons.

“I understand the circumstances, and I know where we are, and I’m just trying every day to do something to help the team,’’ Morrow said. “You don’t want to be a distraction or ruffle any feathers, so you just put your head down and push forward.’’

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he has kept an open line of communication with Morrow, and said he’s been impressed with how the veteran has handled the situation.

“He’s the ultimate professional,’’ Gulutzan said. “We’ve talked about it, and he is very determined to do whatever he can to help the team.’’

Morrow turned 34 on Jan. 16, so he is not old. He suffered through an injury-plagued 2011-12, but he said he feels healthy now after working hard over the past eight months to improve core strength and flexibility.

However, the problem could be the game is either getting too fast for him, or he simply doesn’t have a fit in the ever-changing Stars’ lineup.

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If Dallas finds itself out of the playoff picture near the deadline, curious to see if they move Morrow. I would think a lot of contending teams would be interesting in his jam and knack for timely goals around the net.

Posted by Chris M on 01/29/13 at 09:38 AM ET

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I know a team like Pittsburgh should certainly have interest. His speed may not be what it once was, but he could be a fit for the 2nd line with Malkin/Neal in creating space, going to the net, and grinding in the corners.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 01/29/13 at 10:16 AM ET

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Give Morrow speedy linemates and let them cover that part of the game. In the last five years or so, I’m not sure I’ve seen a forward who is as good at forechecking as Brenden Morrow. It’s an easily-overlooked part of the game, but Morrow consistently takes the right angles and glides on guys at just the right speed to force the play and not let his man escape while also not interfering with him when he gets the pass off.

I definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see a team pick him up if Dallas is selling. He’s not worth his cap hit anymore for sure, but his pending UFA status means that doesn’t matter.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/29/13 at 11:17 AM ET

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