The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed veteran forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract worth a reported $1.55 million.
Morrow spent the 2013-14 season in St. Louis, where he scored 13 times with 12 assists in 71 games for the Blues. The 35-year-old spent the large majority of his career with the Dallas Stars, before he was traded to Pittsburgh in 2013.
Morrow may not be the player he was in Dallas, or for Team Canada during the 2010 Olympics, but he’s the kind of veteran that Stanley Cup hopefuls often bring aboard to provide leadership and experience.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was the architect of that 2010 Canadian team that won gold in Vancouver.
Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.
Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.
The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.
Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.
Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.
Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.
The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.
The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.