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Dallas Stars trade one of FW/d's all-time great guys

Brenden MorrowThis day was coming but it is sad nonetheless: According to, the Dallas Stars have traded veteran forward Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brenden Morrow agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal. In return, the Stars receive a package that will include defenseman Joe Morrow.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Stars sent Brenden Morrow and a third round pick to Pittsburgh for Joe Morrow and a fifth round selection.

Here is top hoping Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk doesn't get fleeced on this deal with the Pens the way he did when he sent James Neal up there for Alex Goligoski.

Brenden Morrow, 34, was going to be a free agent after the season and all signs pointed to the Stars not resigning him in the summer. He was the 25th selection by the Stars in the 1997 draft and broke in the fall of '99. 

Since then, Morrow was one of the most decent and professional pro jocks this area has known. His performance against the San Jose Sharks in the 2008 Western Conference semi-finals was one of the most physically dominant and inspiring performances this franchise has ever seen. The Stars reached the Western Conference Finals that season, and have not returned to the playoffs.

The problem was the team around Brenden Morrow was not good enough, and his to-the-wall style does not age well.

Morrow had been the captain, and the soul of this team. The decision to trade him is another sign the Stars are turning over their keys to their stable of young guys, led by center Jamie Benn.

In 29 games this season, Morrow has six goals and 11 points in 29 games.

He is a great guy who deserves the chance to compete on a team that has a shot at the Stanley Cup, which the Penguins do.

Best of luck to Brenden Morrow. Wish him the best on Twitter @Minimo1zero.

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