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PITTSBURGH SWAPS MORROW FOR MORROW

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Brenden Morrow and a 2013 Third-Round Draft Pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Joe Morrow and a 2013 Fifth-Round Draft Pick, it was announced Sunday by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Brenden Morrow, 34, has appeared in 29 games this season with the Stars, scoring six goals, five assists and 11 points while serving as the team’s captain.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Morrow has spent his entire 13-year career with the Stars, tallying 243 goals, 285 assists, 528 points and a plus-79 rating in 835 career games. He has added 42 points (17G-25A) in 78 career postseason contests.

A native of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Morrow helped the Stars advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2000, notching six points (2G-4A) in 21 postseason games that spring. During his most recent postseason experience in 2007-08, Morrow helped the Stars advance to the conference final by scoring 15 points (9G-6A) in 18 playoff games.

Originally drafted by the Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft held at the Civic Arena, Morrow has reached double digits in goals in each of his first 12 seasons, including seven 20-goal campaigns and twice hitting the 30-goal mark. Morrow has surpassed the 40-point plateau seven times.

Morrow’s best season in Dallas came in 2007-08 when he tallied 32 goals and 42 assists for a career-high 74 points in 82 games. In 2010-11, he established a career high with 33 goals.

Joe Morrow, 20, was Pittsburgh's first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has earned four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 57 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL this season, his first professional campaign. Morrow was recalled by Pittsburgh on Feb. 10, but has still not skated in an NHL game.

"We had a great opportunity to acquire a young, top-end defenseman in Joe Morrow and we are delighted to add him to our organization," said Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We identified Joe as an outstanding prospect and a target for acquisition if ever available, and we feel he can solidify our blue line for the foreseeable future."

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound defenseman spent four full seasons playing for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he increased his point totals in each of his final three seasons with the team, earning 31, 49 and 64 points, respectively. During the 2011-12 season, he ranked second among all WHL defensemen in scoring with 64 points (17g, 47a) and finished as a WHL First-Team All-Star.

Additionally, the Edmonton native helped lead his club to the WHL Finals, earning 17 points (4G-13A) in their playoff run, which was tied for the most by any Portland defenseman.

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