(HocketSTL) -- The St. Louis Blues announced on Saturday evening that they had made their first major cuts of the preseason. The club sent 18 players to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, trimming their roster to 31. By Sept. 30, the roster will be trimmed to 23 players. However, the Blues may be looking at an addition as well.
According to a report, first made by Josh Rimer, who hosts NiteCap on www.nextsportstar.com, the Blues have significant interest in free agent forward Brenden Morrow.
Rimer tweeted, “The St. Louis Blues are the team that made Brenden Morrow the offer he is contemplating.”
Rimer added that he is hearing the offer from the Blues is in the $1 million range, and is a one-year contract. The veteran winger is believed to be weighing his options.
If Morrow was to accept the Blues’ offer, he would immediately become the team’s oldest roster player at age 34.
Morrow spent the latter part of last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after 12 seasons with the Dallas Stars, the team that drafted him in 1997. Morrow had also been the Stars’ captain since 2006.
With the Penguins, Morrow posted 14 points in 15 games to conclude the season, proving that he still can produce offensively when called upon. In all, Morrow has 542 points (249 goals, 293 assists) in 850 NHL games. Those stats are spread out among 13 seasons.
According to Rimer, Morrow has been seeking a contract worth $2 million, but that price tag is much too high for the Blues who are sitting close to the $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. After signing defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the last of their restricted free agents, the Blues currently have $1.12 million in cap space remaining.
The team also has Ryan Whitney, who is in training camp on a professional tryout, to consider signing.
However, the club could opt to either not sign Whitney, or cut another roster player and his salary should Morrow accept their offer.
For the Blues, Morrow would be a third or fourth line player. The winger has a history with injuries, including most recently a knee-cap injury, which he battled in the Penguins’ 2013 playoff appearance. Before that injury, Morrow fought back and neck injuries. Still, he remains an intriguing option for St. Louis.
The Blues currently have 18 forwards remaining on their roster. That number will likely have to decrease to at least 14 by Sept. 30. It is likely the Blues will know of Morrow’s decision by then.
Recently, Morrow talked to Stars beat writer Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News regarding his search for a new team.
“There’s a lot that goes into it, and money is a part of it,” Morrow told Heika. “But, at the same time, I want to be on a team where I think I can win, where I think I can contribute to a winner. I don’t have a lot of years left, so I’d love to get a couple of runs in there.”
Morrow’s decision may take a bit longer as he sees what further interest he can draw. It is likely that the veteran has received more than one offer. The Blues are hoping he sees them as a favorable fit.