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Marty Turco, Brendan Morrison and Mike Legg were at Yost Arena as part of Friday night's celebration of the University of Michigan's 1996 NCAA championship-winning hockey team, and Turco, Morrison and Legg went 3-for-3 in Score-O...With Legg scoring a "Mike Legg goal" from half a rink away:
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s not surprising that Brendan Morrison remembered where he was when the Pitt Meadows native won the hockey lottery.
“I remember the game clearly, the first time I played with these guys — it was in Detroit — and I was put into a phenomenal situation,” he said Monday of being aligned with Canucks teammates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi on Jan. 9, 2002.
“We clicked, and we kind of rolled from there. It was kind of a dream scenario. At that time, I don’t know if there were two better players in their positions.”
The line would score twice in the first period and combine for six points in an overtime loss to the Red Wings on that fateful night.
It was only a tease of what would become the following season for the famed West Coast Express.
They all hit career highs as rivals hit the panic button trying to contain Naslund’s quick and accurate wrist shot, Morrison’s playmaking and Bertuzzi’s intimidating presence as the game’s premiere power forward.
Below, watch some highlights from the "West Coast Express"...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the acquisition of defenseman Brian Connelly from the Chicago Blackhawks organization in exchange for Brendan Morrison.
“As we projected our line-up going forward we felt it was going to be difficult for us to find a spot for Brendan or get him significant ice-time,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Given his pending UFA status and the fact that we were not going to re-sign him, we felt it important to try to move him for another asset. In Brian Connelly we obtain a 25 year old highly skilled AHL All-Star defenseman who is still a legitimate prospect. We are excited to have Brian in the organization.”
“When he first got called up, he sat beside me in the locker-room for a long, long time, and was a great kid,” Morrison recalled Tuesday from his off-season home in Tofino, B.C. “He had a tremendous amount of respect for all the guys in the locker-room. He respected the game, the coaching staff, everybody.
“Everybody liked him because he had a great heart and was a fantastic teammate. He’d do anything for his teammates.
“It’s a tragedy.”
-Brendan Morrison of the Calgary Flames, speaking about former teammate Rick Rypien. More from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
Calgary Flames forward Brendan Morrison will undergo left knee surgery on Tuesday.
Morrison injured his ACL when he was tied up awkwardly on the boards with Chicago Blackhawks defencemen Niklas Hjalmarsson during a game last week.
Morrison waited to have the procedure because he was hoping to play on with a brace if the Flames were able to make the playoffs. However, it became clear that as the intensity of his workouts increased his knee couldn’t handle it.
from George Johnson of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
The 35-year-old Morrison, a revelation here since signing a one-year deal mere days before the was injured last week in Chicago when hit by Blackhawks’ defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson. He left the ice favoring his left knee.
If the discomfort in the knee wasn’t bad enough, he was forced to endure a chorus of taunting from the Blackhawk bench.
“It wasn’t easy getting off. I couldn’t put much weight on that leg. To be honest, what I’ve tried to do is not stay down every time I’ve gotten hurt. It’s not trying to be manly or prove that I’m tough. The play is going on and you’ve got to get off the ice. What was a little disappointing was coming off and guys from the Chicago bench being a little disrespectful. That was uncalled for. But you do what you do and try and get off the ice.
From the Calgary Flames—
Brendan Morrison (C) – Knee – 2-3 Weeks
“Brendan has been re-evaluated by Flames head team physician Dr. Kelly Brett and there is still swelling in the knee. It will require 2-3 weeks for the swelling to resolve at which time he will be evaluated again. We will provide another update on Brendan’s playing status at that time.”
Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:
***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames. With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.
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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
For a guy admitting still coming to terms with the fact he’s part of the Calgary Flames, he’s already exceeding expectations.
“It still feels a little bit odd pulling the red jersey on, but I’m coming around to it,” Morrison admitted after Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. “I’m appreciative this team gave me a chance. Things didn’t work out in Vancouver, but so far things have gone well.”
Well? Try stupendous. Outstanding. Unbelievable.
Morrison scored two more goals, once shorthanded and once on the powerplay, to get him back the point-per-game pace, with nine points (3-6-9) in as many outings.
Not bad for a player signed just before the season started and shortly after he was released from a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.
Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.
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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have agreed to contract terms with veteran NHL forward Brendan Morrison.
Morrison, a native of Pitt Meadows, BC, and former Hobey Baker Award winner, has played in 829 NHL regular season games. His career totals include 187 goals and 360 assists for a total of 547 points and 424 penalty minutes. Last season (2009-10) he played 74 games with the Washington Capitals, registering 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points and 40 penalty minutes.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
He was a popular choice to buck the odds, but a franchise philosophy and the salary cap caught up to Brendan Morrison when the Canucks released him on Sunday.
The club’s former centre was released from his professional tryout and, as an unrestricted free agent, the 35-year-old Pitt Meadows native is now free to explore other options if he chooses to extend his career. Calgary may be one with the Flames losing Matt Stajan, Daymond Langkow, David Moss and Ales Kotalik to injuries. That could happen because the Canucks and Morrison couldn’t come to terms and there is interest in his services elsewhere.
Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)
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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
It’s not what he wanted and, for the longest time, he vowed he wouldn’t attend an NHL camp without an NHL deal. But, as a former linemate of Morrison’s was fond of saying, It is what it is, which is why the kid from Pitt Meadows, who’s now the 35-year-old man from Pitt Meadows, is grateful for this opportunity.
“I don’t know if disrespected is the right word but you feel slighted a bit,” Morrison said before Tuesday night’s preseason encounter with the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. A time zone away, another version of the Canucks were facing another version of the Flames proving, in addition to being inherently evil, the NHL exhibition season alters the time-space continuum.
Where were we? Ah yes, Mr. Morrison.
“You think you’ve proven yourself. I understand this business is What have you done for me lately? but I thought I had a good year [42 points in 74 games with the Washington Capitals last season].
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
“To be honest, the main reason I wanted to come back to Vancouver over other teams is I believe the team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup,” said Morrison. “It’s really that simple. I’m confident I can make the team. If I didn’t think that, then I wouldn’t be here.
“I don’t know exactly where I’ll fit in, but what I will bring is depth and versatility. I have played the wing with [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Alex] Ovechkin, so it’s not completely foreign to me. I see myself as a guy who can fit on any line, and any role they present me with is one that I’m willing to take on.”
This is the new reality of the collective bargaining agreement. Those with lots of miles on the odometer aren’t landing deals as teams wrestle to pay their stars and stay under the cap. And sitting on the sidelines and waiting for injuries wasn’t palatable to Morrison.
Brendan Morrison of the Washington Capitals against Ryan Miller of the Sabres.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post (Friday edition),
Brendan Morrison received a handful of offers when free agency opened earlier this month, including a few that were more lucrative than Washington’s.
The Capitals, though, offered the veteran center three things worth more to him than a bigger paycheck: the chance to play on a team widely expected to contend for a Stanley Cup, no small matter for a player who turns 34 next month; the potential to skate on the second line with Alexander Semin and maybe take some shifts with two-time MVP Alex Ovechkin; and the opportunity to prove his worth to NHL executives in the hope of securing a multiyear deal—if not in Washington, elsewhere—next summer.
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Brendan Morrison to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Brendan Morrison is trying to get off that track, though it is a course change that has been difficult to make. Morrison, who suffered a torn knee ligament in March and signed a $2.75-million contract in July, has two goals and four points.
Morrison did not play against Dallas on Saturday. It was the first time he has been held out of a game as a healthy scratch since Feb. 25, 2000, when he was with the New Jersey Devils.
“It doesn’t sit well,” Morrison said about the benching. “Am I upset about it? Yeah. As an athlete, the day you aren’t upset when you’re not in the lineup is the day you shouldn’t be playing the game.
“I feel I have something to contribute to team. It’s early in the season, but it’s time to get going and start making a difference.”
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
One of only four teams to have reached the conference finals twice in the past four seasons, the Ducks took a significant step toward addressing last season’s biggest weakness – goal-scoring – with the summer signing of unrestricted free-agent center Brendan Morrison. While he is coming off April knee surgery and eased into training camp, the former Vancouver stalwart looked strong in the final three exhibition games, recording a goal and four assists.
Morrison is being counted on to team on one scoring line with Selanne, who missed most of last season while on his own hockey sabbatical. Selanne looked nothing like his age, 38, during a scintillating exhibition performance in which he put up five goals and six points in four games.
more on the Ducks…
from the OC Register,
(Brendan) Morrison spoke via cell phone near the Canadian border as he and his family prepared to move from Vancouver to Orange County to start a new phase of his career with a surgically repaired right knee.
The 11-year veteran has begun a skating program and said he should be ready for the start of training camp Sept.20. Actually, Morrison knows he won’t truly be ready until he gets that first taste of contact.
But he is pleased with his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL on April 7.
“I’m in as good a shape as I can be with my knee,” he said. “I’ve got a little ways to go — I’m not going to fool anybody. But my doctor did as good a job as possible to get me ready.”
Free agent centre Brendan Morrison is off the free agent list, as the B.C. native is set to join the Anaheim Ducks.
Terms of the impending contract are not known, but it is expected to be a one- or two-year deal.
Update 11:05am July 8th: Morrison’s signing has been confirmed. 1 year, $2.75 million.
from Russo’s Rants,
As I’ve been reporting since July 1, the Wild has an offer in on the Vancouver Canucks unrestricted free agent (Brendan Morrison). The two sides have talked a lot.
He is expected to make a decision early next week, and I can tell you, the Wild has no clue which way he’s leaning. The offer is there. It’s up to him.
more on Morrison and the Wild…
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to make a play Tuesday for unrestricted free agent centre Brendan Morrison, The Vancouver Province has learned….
The Jackets are rumoured to be offering a three-year deal at about US$8-million and have only US$25-million committed to 2008-09 salaries under the new US$56.7-million cap ceiling.
“Brendan has been one of the more durable and consistent centres in the league and he’s only 32,” said his agent Kurt Overhardt.
from the Vancouver Province,
It’s hard to imagine that after 513 franchise games, the last image of Morrison as a Canuck could be him hobbling off the ice instead of lifting his team to victory.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Morrison said Thursday. “If it does happen to be this way, it won’t be a very fun way to go out. Does it enter your mind? Sure it does. Hypothetically, it sucks.
“But again, I don’t have any intentions of leaving. I don’t know how it’s going to play out here, but we’ll address it at the end of the year and see what the team wants to do.”
from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
While Morrison hopes to play during a four-game road trip this week, he couldn’t commit to whether that would occur Monday in Los Angeles, Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Phoenix or Saturday in Dallas.
It’s not that Morrison can’t manage pain. He struggled through a hip-flexor injury before needing off-season surgery in 2006 and needed an operation to cure a sports hernia last summer.
Morrison doesn’t want to just play, he wants to make a difference.
“Pain to me is not the issue - I can deal with pain,” he added. “I’m not going to feel 100 per cent and I understand that and the team understands that.