Shero: Morrow may not play Tuesday against Montreal
Left winger Brenden Morrow may not play for the Penguins against Montreal on Tuesday.
“We'll see how he feels,” general manager Ray Shero said Monday, referring to Morrow's “long night” on Sunday as he prepared to join the Penguins.
Morrow, 34, was acquired Sunday afternoon from Dallas. He signed off on the trade even though there was a no-movement clause in his deal, which is in its final season.
“I want to win the Cup,” Morrow said Monday.
Morrow debuted with the Stars the year after their 1999 Cup victory, and his only taste of the final was a loss to New Jersey the next season.
Morrow, who missed 25 games last season because of neck and back injuries, said his body “feels good.”
“I had a real tough year last year physically, but I did a lot of work this summer to get ready,” he said. “The concerns and problems I had with my back last year aren't really a concern right now.”
Morrow said he negotiated with Penguins left winger Tanner Glass to secure the No. 10 he wore with the Stars.
• New Penguins numbers: Morrow (10), Glass (15), center Dustin Jeffrey (17). Defenseman Douglas Murray will wear No. 3.
• Center Evgeni Malkin (right shoulder) and defenseman Kris Letang (groin) practiced with the Penguins on Monday, but both remained on the injured reserve list and are considered day-to-day. Malkin, who has missed eight consecutive games, declined comment other than to offer there is “no change.” He is still experiencing soreness and will not return until he is 100 percent. Letang, who has missed three straight games, downplayed the possibility of playing Tuesday when the Penguins will try to extend a winning streak to 13 games.
• Right winger James Neal was late to the practice session, but he had a valid excuse. Coach Dan Bylsma said Neal was at a physician's appointment but declined to provide other specifics. Neal is not known to have any injury. He has gone seven games without a goal and six without a point.
• The Penguins-Flyers game on Sunday night generated record TV ratings for Root Sports Pittsburgh. The telecast garnered a 16.5 rating as recorded by Nielsen Media Research. More than 515,000 viewers watched the broadcast. The previous highest rating for a regular-season game was Dec. 27, 2000: Mario Lemieux's return from a three-plus year retirement. Fourteen of Root Sports Pittsburgh's all-time top 20 regular-season Penguins games have been played this Penguins season.
— Rob Rossi
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