The Chicago Blackhawks acquired a seasoned, tested, and versatile center today, when they traded minor-league defenseman Brian Connelly in exchange for Brendan Morrison of the Calgary Flames. A 14 year NHL veteran, Morrison seems like he just might be a pretty good fit. He is a top 6 guy, logs a good deal of PK and PP time, and is a sound 2-way player. Not a goal scorer, rather a gritty, and composed player who will make the jobs of those around him a little easier, while still adding a nice amount of offensive pressure.
This move was simple and sweet. The Hawks did not lose much in return, gained a lot, and still have options open to them. However, don't expect this to fix everything. Yes, a 2nd-line center was maybe the largest missing piece this year so far, but we will just have to wait and see what kind of impact this really has.
“He’s got a lot of leadership,” he said. “He’s well-respected by his teammates and opponents. You can never have too many guys with good character in the locker room.”
“I think there are a lot of attributes Brendan brings to the table that we’ve been looking for,” said Bowman. “He’s a centerman and he’s got a long pedigree of being a good offensive performer. I think having that experience and that ability gives us a lot of options depending on where Joel wants to use him.”
What gets me a little excited about this move, is that it allows for the possibility of Bolland as the 2nd line center, although I predict that Morrison gets that job. This most likely means the end of Kruger, who will not get ice-time over Mayers in the 4th-line center role. I think Kruger did his best, and played hard, but I never saw him as a permanent fixture.
Lets welcome Morrison to the team. Is it weird that I feel like we got Ladd back?