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Blackhawks trade for Brendan Morrison

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- General manager Stan Bowman said he was in the market for a center, and on Friday during the All-Star break, he got one in Brendan Morrison.

The Blackhawks traded defenseman Brian Connelly, who was having a standout season with the Rockford IceHogs, to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Morrison.

The move finally gives the Hawks some depth at center, which was needed. But Morrison is 36 years old and has only four goals and 11 points in 28 games this season.

Morrison spent time on injured reserve this season to further rehabilitate a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered last season against the Hawks. Despite coming off surgery, the Flames signed him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal this past summer.

"I know it's fine. It's solid. It's strong," Morrison said about his knee. "Skating is getting back to where it's always been."

Morrison has 200 goals and 601 points in 923 regular-season games in his career. In 66 games last season, he had nine goals and 43 points.

"I'm thrilled," Morrison said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to come to a team that I feel has good a chance as anybody to compete for the Stanley Cup. I'm going to come in and be myself. I'm going to try to be a leader wherever I can and be helpful wherever they want to play me."

Stan Bowman said he's been speaking to Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster for a while about possibly acquiring Morrison.

"We like what he can bring to the table and it finally came to be today," Bowman said. "Basically, there are a lot of attributes that Brendan brings to the table that we've been looking for. He's obviously a centerman and he's got a long pedigree of being an offensive performer. I still think he's got a lot left to add to our group."

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Underwhelmed by this one. Bowman's track record with veteran signings/trades is pretty pitiful. When is there going to be a serious examination of his moves? Did he draft Hayes and Shaw or were they Tallon's picks?

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