Stars captain Brenden Morrow had major surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in November of 2008, and the recovery from that injury might have affected Morrow's season in 2009-10. He saw his numbers drop to 20 goals among 46 points in 76 games. That was a huge decrease from the career-best 32 goals among 74 points he posted in his last full season in 2007-08 (or even from the pace he was on with 15 points in 18 games before he got hurt in 2008-09).
``It is in the back of your mind, because you do feel it slip and you worry you might do it again,'' Morrow said Monday in Frisco. ``Six months is a long time to be out, and you never want that to happen again, and you think about that every time it gives you a tweak or twinge.''
One of the concerns for Morrow in the past year has been trying to find a knee brace that works. He has tried a lot of light weight braces and has been disappointed in the fact that they have bent or gotten loose when he has pushed them in game play.
``I went through three of them last year where they gave out or broke, and it's a scary feeling when that happens,'' he said. ``You want them as low profile as you can get, but they're there to protect you, so they have to be strong enough, and I'm going with a much stronger brace right now. I've put sleeves on them and moved them around and adjusted them between periods, and it's a battle to get the right one or get one that feels right. But I feel more comfortable with this one than I have any other. I think I need that for my head, and it will be really interesting to see how it feels when we start games.''
Morrow said he is moving forward after seeing the departure of good friends Marty Turco and Mike Modano in the off-season.
``It's a challenge. I leaned on Marty for a lot of things, and in that sense, I'm going to miss him,'' Morrow said. ``But part of leadership is growing and adjusting to challenges, and that's what I have to do. I know some of the younger guys will step up to help me, and things will work out. I'm confident in that.''