Flames Sign Morrison

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02: Brendan Morrison #9 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Capitals 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames have officially signed forward Brendan Morrison to a contract.  Numerous sources are now reporting it’s a one year deal worth $725,000.  It comes after a rash of injuries which have seen Calgary centres Daymond Langkow, Matt Stajan, David Moss and Ryan Stone all sidelined.

Morrison had been on a preseason tryout with the Vancouver Canucks, a team he played parts of eight seasons with.  After one year stops in Dallas and Anaheim over the last few seasons, he found himself with the Washington Capitals last year, posting 12 goals and 42 points in 74 games.

Morrison turned 35 in August and his puck distribution skills could certainly be used as an asset on the team.  The cap hit isn’t huge, and even with moderate results this season, it is probably viewed as a low risk signing by many. 

  • Gange

    I believe this is one of the signs of the apocalypse. That makes two now, trading with the Oilers, and signing Brendan Morrison. Next thing you know they’ll hire Jay feas…nevermind.

    It’s a signing to replace injured bodies. If he does more than I think he’ll do it’s a win. If not, he’ll be replaced when people get healthy. All in all not a bad move, and not really unexpected.

  • Morrison is a pretty average player these days, but as a stop-gap measure he’s certainly passable. The Flames bottom-6 was looking positively ragged with Moss, Kotalik, Langkow and Stajan on the shelf.

    That said, this creates quite the situation once everyone is healthy (assuming that happens).

    • How does it create quite the situation? The number is not “too big” that it creates problems. If he does nothing, they can waive him and if no one picks him up, send him to Ab. If he’s better than someone else, they can waive whomever. I don’t see any downside, really.

        • Robert Cleave

          The Flames still have guys like Jackman or Sutter Jr. that could be waived as well, so it isn’t like they couldn’t move a body. It certainly doesn’t seem like the ownership gives a damn about one way deals in Abby, either. When Moss was healthy, I wouldn’t have bothered. Now? He’s likely a better player than Meyer or Stone or Sutter, and that’s the level on the roster where he might help.