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New Penguins F Morrow eager to make Cup run

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm •  Published: March 25, 2013
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So will working so far from home. Morrow was changing planes in the Atlanta airport on Monday when he received a text from his wife Anne Marie, who said their 8-year-old daughter Bryelle had come into their bedroom to comfort her mom following Morrow's departure.

"She said 'Mom it's going to be OK, it's only a couple months and he has a chance to win the Cup,'" Morrow said.

In a way, Morrow's decline in ice time in Dallas may have helped. He feels fresh heading into the final six weeks of the regular season and is eager to fit in. Morrow understands he'll no longer be looked to as a leader in the dressing room, and has zero problem with the arrangement.

"Sid, this is his team," Morrow said. "No question there. I'm not taking anything away from him. He's the best player in the world. I'm going to be a piece of the puzzle, not step on any toes. I think there's a reason they saw a fit with me here."

The same goes for Murray. The massive 6-foot-3, 245-pound defenseman gives Pittsburgh's blue line the physical presence it will need when the playoffs begin. Murray is adept at clearing space in front of his own net and penalty killing. He will arrive in town on Tuesday and is expected to join the Penguins for practice on Wednesday.

Like Morrow, it will be a bit of an adjustment. The 33-year-old spent his entire career in San Jose after breaking in during the 2005-06 season. He's not a scorer — just six goals in 451 career games — and he doesn't have to be. The Penguins have plenty of guys who can light the lamp. What Murray provides is muscle to keep opponents from doing the same.

A little defense could carry the Penguins a long way, perhaps all the way to the franchise's fourth Cup. By acting so proactively before the April 3 trading deadline, Shero has given Morrow and Murray time to find themselves and build chemistry with their new teammates.

Morrow, for one, knows this could be his last, best chance to etching his name on hockey's holy grail. No need to remind him of what's at stake. It's why he came here.

"I just don't want to screw it up," Morrow said with a laugh. "They're going pretty good."

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