TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Tampa Bay also signed forward Philippe Paradis (pair-ah-DEE) to a one-year, two-way contract.
Morrow, 6-foot, 205 pounds, played in 71 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2013-14, recording 13 goals and 25 points with a plus-1 rating. He scored four power-play goals and three game-winning goals. Morrow ranked eighth on the team for goals and averaged 11:54 in ice time per game.
A native of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Morrow is a veteran of 921 NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Blues. He has accumulated 262 goals, 567 points and is a plus-108. He is a seven-time 20-goal scorer and has reached the 30-goal plateau on two occasions. He served as the captain of the Stars from 2006 until he was traded to Pittsburgh during the 2012-13 season. Morrow has appeared in 94 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, notching 19 goals and 46 points.
Morrow has represented Canada at numerous international events. He won the Silver Medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships, the Gold Medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championships and Silver in 2005. He also was part of the Canadian team that won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Morrow scored a pair of goals and added an assist at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, where the Canadians won the Gold Medal.
The 35-year-old was drafted in the first round, 25th overall, at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded from Dallas to Pittsburgh on March 24, 2013. He signed with St. Louis as a free agent on September 23, 2013.
Paradis played in 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, recording six goals and 15 points. He has played in 166 career American Hockey League games with the Toronto Marlies, Rockford Ice Hogs and the Crunch, recording 13 goals and 43 points.
Morrow’s NHL.com Player Profile: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8466160
Paradis’ NHL.com Player Profile: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475152
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