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03/11/2013

The Stars owe it to Brenden Morrow to trade him

Brenden MorrowThe NHL trade deadline is 2 p.m. (ct) on April 3, meaning teams have only a few weeks to make major decisions regarding not only this season but beyond.

Once again, your Dallas Stars are around it, but not in it.

As of right now, the team is 12-10-2 with 26 points. The offseason moves set the team up for this exact scenario - at the fringe, hoping for a run.

They are two points out of eighth place in the Western Confernece, and three points outside of fourth place. The Stars are not going to catch the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division, and one of the top three seeds in the conference.

Bruce Garrioch, a veteran NHL writer at the Ottawa Sun, Tweeted this evening, "Two (scouts) from the Dallas Stars here. Bruins, Pens and Flyers looking for scoring help. Stars have a decision to make on Brendan Morrow."

Scouts from other teams attending various NHL games is not out of the ordinary, but Garrioch is dead on - the Stars have a decision to make regarding the long time Dallas Stars forward.

Morrow is 34, and will be a free agent after the season. Perhaps no player in this area has tried any harder or given any more than Brenden Morrow. Few pro athletes care as much as this man. For years there was a fear around this franchise that if he left they had no one to replace his professional approach.

He can go now. The Stars are no longer his team. They should belong to forward Jamie Benn.

Morrow has said, at least to me, that he does not want to be traded. This is the only team he has ever known, and taking both that and his family into account leaving would be a very difficult proposition.

But this is pro sports. He is not the same player. All of those hits, and all of that contact, is catching up. If the Stars think they can get anything for him, he needs to be moved. 

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