The Carolina Hurricanes may be looking at another player in NHL free agency, as Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer tweeted this yesterday:
This could mean a lot of things. ‘Had talks’ is different then ‘negotiating’ or ‘in discussions with’, so no one really knows how interested the Canes may be in the former-captain.
But Brenden Morrow should not be the Hurricanes answer to fill a void in their offense and there are plenty of reasons why.
If the Canes add Morrow, chances are they would play him with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, creating a line that can play a shutdown role against other teams top lines, while also creating scoring chances.
But at 34-years-old, Morrow has begun to slow down and could not keep up with the faster two players. Also Morrow is fine defensively, but has never excelled in his own end.
There’s also the problem of a scoring decline Morrow has seen over the past two seasons. In the 2011-12 season, Morrow scored 26 points in 57 games for the Dallas Stars.
Last season, he scored 25 in 44 games, which may look better, but consider the Saskatoon native only scored 11 points with the Stars before recording 14 in 15 games with the talent-heavy Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s not much of an improvement.
With the Canes, Morrow would not play with a superstar like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, instead he would play on a line that’s main focus is defense while creating opportunities with their hard work.
In the past couple of seasons, it’s looked like Morrow does not have enough gas left in the tank to perform those type of duties.
However, there would be some pros to signing Morrow. He’s a leader that has been in the NHL for a long time and would help the Canes’ physical game. But those intangibles may not be enough to overlook his on-ice play.
Morrow would not be an awful option for the Canes, but they should be interested in a younger, faster player to help the offense.