The Calgary Flames announced on Friday afternoon the signing of Brendan Morrison to a one year contract. Putting up 43 points in 66 games last season, Morrison missed out on the Calgary stretch drive after suffering a knee injury in Chicago. Morrison was signed late in training camp last season and gave the team very good value for his contract.
Morrison’s contract is a one year deal with an average annual value of $1.25 million; breaking it down further, we find out he’ll play on a base salary of $800,000 with $400,000 in potential bonus value. Morrison played the bulk of his time last season between Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla, so the potential for that line to be reunited is there off the hop this season. He gave the team comfortable, solid minutes and I don’t see how that would change this time around.
It certainly raises some questions however, including ones surrounding Mikael Backlund. The young forward finished the season centering the top line and started to make a case for himself to stay there going forward. It also clogs up an already clogged up centre ice position, with Morrison joining Olli Jokinen, Daymond Langkow, Backlund, Matt Stajan and you can even throw David Moss into that mix.
There are a ton of forwards on this team right now and it seems more and more likely that there is more moves to come, whether it be with names like Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan or otherwise.