Flames sign Brendan Morrison

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Free agent center to join the Flames

Via flames.nhl.com By Mike Board  - Digital Content Director

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.

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.

Update: many people have come to RMB looking for details about Brendan Morrison’s salary. According to capgeek.com Morrison will make $725,000 this season. He signed a one-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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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
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  • http://redmileblog.com Greg

    I totally agree. I wasn’t surprised to see this signing after all the injuries to the Flames centremen. The injuries will help them with their salary cap issues until the other guys are back. Then it’ll be time for Morrison to go down to the AHL.

    Another interesting point that was brought up today is the idea that this will help push Backlund to perform better since his spot on the Flames won’t be guaranteed when Stajan et al return.

  • Warren Peece

    You’d have to be some kind a root vegetable (probably a turnip) to not have seen this coming.

    Consider this:
    He wasn’t going to make the Canucks as a regular and didn’t want to uproot his family again this season.
    His family wants to stay in the Lower Mainland where the kids are registered for school.
    Abbotsford is located in the lower mainland.
    The Flame’s AHL team is located in Abbotsford.
    Winnipeg. ‘home of the Moose’ is a long way from Vancouver – it’s also cold has hell during the winter.
    The Flames have 4 injured center icemen so Morrison can step right in until they return.
    Morrison will be paid as part of the Abbotsford Heat where he will probably play most of his games.
    Morrison’s salary will help get the Flames under the ‘cap’.

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