The Tampa Bay Lightning have added an experienced forward to their roster as they have inked Brenden Morrow to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million.
The 35-year-old winger has spent 15 seasons in the NHL and will add a veteran presence to a young forward group.
Despite the recent success of the Lightning’s forwards, they still lacked an experienced forward on the roster — Morrow now fits that bill.
13 of Morrow’s 15 NHL seasons were spent with the Dallas Stars, where he recorded 528 points (243-285) in 835 games.
Just got off the phone with #TBLightning GM Steve Yzerman. Morrow deal should be last free agent signing of the summer.
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) July 11, 2014
After a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline in 2013, Morrow spent last season with the St. Louis Blues where he had 25 points (13-12) in 71 games.
With Morrow’s signing, the Lightning has 11 forwards confirmed for their NHL roster and Cedric Paquette could well be the 12th forward. However, if the 12th spot remains wide open, Paquette, Brett Connolly, Richard Panik (if he resigns) and Vladislav Namestnikov, could all win a place on the NHL roster.
The Lightning have also resigned winger Phillippe Paradis, who spent all of last year in the AHL. In 56 games, he had six goals and nine assists as well 118 penalty minutes. He has never played in the NHL.
Paradis has a signed a one-year, two-way deal.