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NHL Lockout 2012: The Brendan Morrow Dilemma

The third in a series looking at how a potential year-long lockout would affect the Dallas Stars as a team and an organization.

This has been an ongoing problem now for the past two or three seasons. What do the Stars do with their captain? Should they or should they not trade him, especially now that he's probably the most recognizable player on the team with Ott gone?

Morrow will be 35-years-old by the end of the 2013-2014 season. He's dealt with recurring injuries for the past three years and has been slowly losing productivity. This was probably the last season that the Stars had of trading him and expecting a good return.

How many teams are going to be willing to trade for a 35-year-old third/fourth line winger with a big cap hit ($4.1 million) in what's expected to be a reduced salary cap? I don't expect a lot of eager hands waving in the air.

It's going to be tough to see Morrow go, but he just doesn't have a future on a team that is retooling. It looks like Dallas missed a chance to get anything in return for him.

For more coverage of the Stars as well as further NHL lockout news and analysis, check out Defending Big D as well as the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.