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NHL veteran Brenden Morrow to announce retirement


The Dallas Morning News is reporting that 15-year NHL veteran Brenden Morrow is planning to call it a career and announce his retirement in Dallas this week.

The 37-year-old forward and long time Dallas Stars captain remains an unrestricted free agent and hasn’t played a game in the NHL this season after spending last year with the Tampa Bay Lightning—helping the team all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals where they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“When you get the opportunity you’ve got to take advantage and don’t have any regrets,” Morrow said before the series. “You can’t just expect to get back there.”

Morrow was drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 1999, scoring 14 goals and 33 points in 64 games before adding another two goals and six points in 21 playoff games as the Stars, who were defending Stanley Cup champions in Morrow’s rookie season, fell to the New Jersey Devils in six games in the final. It’s plausible that Dallas signs Morrow to a one-day contract so that he can retire a Star.

Over the course of his next 13 NHL seasons, Morrow would post seven 20-goal seasons and reach the 30-goal plateau twice. His best season came in 2007-08 when he notched 32 goals en route to 74 points in 82 games. He also finished as a top-10 finalist for the Selke Trophy that year while also earning recognition in Lady Byng Trophy voting.

Morrow’s 243 goals are tied for seventh-most in Stars franchise history, and he ranks second in franchise history with 43 game-winning goals and his 528 points are eighth-most as a Star. In addition, Morrow’s 78 games played are 10th most in Stars franchise history.

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