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Hell Always Be Considered A Dallas Star

The Dallas Stars moved Brenden Morrow on Sunday, ending a run that began way back in the 1999-2000 season. Needless to say, it probably wasnt the easiest move to make.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told the teams Web site that moving the teams former captain was especially tough.

Yep. I love the guy. Weve had some emotional talks over the years, Nieuwendyk said. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him, what he has done for the franchise and the way he plays. He did that to his last game. Hell always be considered a Dallas Star. He also knows hes got some fight left in him, but its clear what we are doing here, too. Weve incorporated some young prospects. Weve signed Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr and I think he realizes that his best opportunity to do what he wants to do over the next two or three years is to go play with Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

Morrow, 34, has been the topic of trade speculation for some time, yet it was still a big moment for the team.

Nieuwendyk notes that the trade gives the former captain a chance with the contending Penguins while opening up an opportunity with former first-rounder Joe Morrow. He seems excited about the 20-year-old defenseman.

He plays a real quick game, he defends well, Morrow said. Hes not a punishing guy, but hes a real good puck transporter. Hes a solid player, over 200 pounds. Hes just an all-around player that can move with the puck.

For more on this story visit: James O'Brien, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk



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