The Blackhawks acquired veteran Center Brendan Morrison from the Calgary Flames for defenseman Brian Connelly on Friday night. General Manager Stan Bowman stated: "Now we have another established legitimate center." Morrison has 200 goals and 601 points over his 15 year career in the NHL.
This year though, Morrison has been plagued with injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered last year. Morrison has 4 goals and 11 points in 28 games.
We all know that the Chicago Blackhawks were looking for a center, but this came as a surprise. I expected the Hawks to get someone who is a little more reliable (injuries) or someone who was closer to their prime. Morrison brings some experience to the Blackhawks but he seems to be getting to the point in his career where injuries will take a toll. In my opinion, he is no better than a 3rd line center at this point. I thought the Blackhawks would make a big move and bring in a big name.
Bright side of this trade is that it will give them depth at the center position and that can only help the Blackhawks. When healthy, he can be a dependable leader out on the ice.
Stan Bowman went on to say: "We’re still a month away from the (trade) deadline. I'm not making statements that we’re done on anything," so expect a move for a defenseman and possibly another forward.