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Lightning sign Morrow to contract

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According to TSN on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brenden Morrow of Carlyle, Saskatchewan to a one year deal worth $1.55 million. Last season, Morrow notched 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 71 regular season games in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues.

Morrow was recognized as a strong power forward during the prime of his career with the Dallas Stars, the team he captained for from 2007-2013. His leadership skills and strength on both ends of the ice were major reasons why he was chosen to play for team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. During the Olympic tournament, Morrow notched two goals and one assist for three points in seven games played.

The Lightning are Morrow's fourth team. In addition to the aforementioned Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, Morrow also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins. A left winger, Morrow's finest season came in 2007-08 came with Dallas, when he notched a career high 74 points (and tied for a career high with 42 assists). In his career he has 262 goals, 305 assists and 567 points in 921 games.

Morrow has also been very defensively responsible. He is a career +108 and was a +30 with the Stars in the 2005-06 season.

Morrow becomes the fourth key off-season signing for the Lightning. Tampa Bay also signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the New York Islanders, and two players from the New York Rangers--center Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman.

On a personal level, Morrow is married to Anne-Marie Carbonneau, daughter of Montreal Canadiens defensive specialist Guy Carbonneau. Also a defensive specialist, Guy Carbonneau won the Selke Trophy three times. Morrow and Carbonneau were also teammates in Dallas during the 1999-2000 season. It was Carbonneau's final NHL season and Morrow's rookie season.

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