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Flames sign Morrison

Free agent center to join the Flames top six forwards

Monday, 04.10.2010 / 1:59 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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Flames sign Morrison
Brendan Morrison in action against Montreal last season
The Calgary Flames have a new center.

Veteran Brendan Morrison, who played for the Washington Capitals last season, has signed a contract with the Flames, the team announced on Monday.

The 35-year-old native of Pitt Meadows was recently on a professional tryout contract with Vancouver but was released on Sunday.

That gave the Flames a chance to sign Morrison to shore up the centre position which is currently hit by injuries to Daymond Langkow (neck), Matt Stajan (shoulder), Ryan Stone (knee) and David Moss (shoulder). All four players are listed as indefinite with their injuries.

BRENDAN MORRISON HIGHLIGHTS
BRENDAN MORRISON CAREER STATS


"The emphasis is to get off to a good start and having a veteran in the top six is important," said Flames assistant general manager Jay Feaster. "That's not to say (players like Mikael Backlund) have not had good camps. The kids are going to be fine but right now we want a veteran."

"He's a good character guy," Feaster said of Morrison, who is expected to wear No. 8 as a Flame. "There will be no problem with him fitting into the dressing room."

Morrison has played with the New Jersey Devils, the Vancouver Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars and, most recently, with the Washington Capitals.

Morrison, a native of Pitt Meadows, B.C., and former Hobey Baker winner, has played 829 NHL games tallying 187 goals and 360 assists for 547 points. With the Caps last season he had 42 points, including 12 goals in 74 games.

"I anticipate coming in  and contributing. I am a versatile player who can play center and play wing," said Morrison, who was part of the Canucks 'West Coast Express Line' with Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund.

While Morrison has obvious ties to the West Coast, he is looking forward to joining the Flames, which could be as early as Tuesday morning for practice.

"I think the team has good make-up. I think this team is in the mix in the West," said Morrison. "There is the potential to have three good scoring lines."

Feaster said the staus of the Flames injured players has not changed and that there is a possibility that one or two players could start the season on the  long term injury list. Langkow is not skating at this point and has been prescribed rest by doctors.

"Having those guys healthy would be great. It's going to happen at some point but it won't be on our opening night," said Feaster.

NHL teams must submit their rosters on Wednesday.

BRENDAN MORRISON

POSITION: Centre

BORN: Pitt Meadows, BC (August 15, 1975)

HEIGHT: 511" WEIGHT: 185 lbs.

SHOOTS: Left

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as free agent on October 3, 2010.

DRAFTED: New Jersey 2nd round (39th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992-93 Penticton Panthers BCJHL 56 35 59 94 45 - - - - -
1993-94 U. of Michigan NCAA 38 20 28 48 24 - - - - -
1994-95 U. of Michigan NCAA 39 23 53 76 42 - - - - -
1995-96 U. of Michigan NCAA 35 28 44 72 41 - - - - -
1996-97 U. of Michigan NCAA 43 31 57 88 52 - - - - -
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 5 4 9 0 3 0 1 1 0
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 72 35 49 84 44 8 3 4 7 19
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 13 33 46 18 7 0 2 2 0
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 2 7 9 10 - - - - -
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 44 5 21 26 8 - - - - -
1999-00 Pardubice HC Czech 6 5 2 7 2 - - - - -
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 16 38 54 42 4 1 2 3 0
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 23 44 67 26 6 0 2 2 6
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 46 71 36 14 4 7 11 18
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 22 38 60 50 7 2 3 5 8
2004-05 Linkoping HC SEL 45 16 28 44 50 6 0 2 2 10
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 19 37 56 84 - - - - -
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 20 31 51 60 12 1 3 4 6
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 9 16 25 18 - - - - -
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 10 12 22 16 - - - - -
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 19 6 3 9 16 - - - - -
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 74 12 30 42 40 5 0 1 1 2
TOTALS NHL 829 187 360 547 424 58 8 21 29 40