Originally written on Around The Rink  |  Last updated 11/20/14

DALLAS - OCTOBER 14: Left wing Brenden Morrow #10 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 14, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray have joined the Penguins for a shot at the Stanley Cup. Image Credits: Wikipedia Commons The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it clear: they want to win another Cup. Now. They dealt parts of their future (top prospect Joe Morrow, a fifth-round pick and two second-round choices) to acquire two players who could be the missing elements they need to bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup. On Sunday, the Penguins sent Morrow, their 2011 first-round pick, and a fifth-round pick to the Dallas Stars in exchange for 34-year-old left wing Brenden Morrow and a third-round choice. While Brenden Morrow doesn’t provide a great offensive presence anymore, Pittsburgh already has that in spades, and won’t ask him to do that. They’ve already got Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Kunitz and Kris Letang to provide all the offense they need (Pittsburgh leads the league with 116 goals scored so far this year). What they will count on him for is leadership, and the aggressive, gritty style of play that made him team captain in Dallas for the past seven years. The Penguins weren’t done yet though. One day after dealing for Morrow, Pittsburgh sent two draft choices, a 2013 second-round pick and a conditional 2014 third round pick that could become a second-rounder, to San Jose in exchange for shutdown defender Douglas Murray. Like Morrow, Murray doesn’t provide much offense, but the two of them will be counted on to make the Penguins much tougher to play against. Pittsburgh already stands atop the Eastern Conference with just about one-third of the regular season left to play. It’s clear they’ve already got their sights set on the postseason, and a first-round exit like last year’s just won’t do. They’ve mortgaged some of their future in a gambit that makes them heavy Cup favorites. Only time will tell if Pittsburgh made the right moves, but on the heels of their current 12-game winning streak and the acquisition of two players who will make them all the more tougher to play against, it’s tough to argue with their transactions or with their standing as favorites to hoist the Cup come July.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marcus Allen sounds off on Raiders for sack celebration

Report: Doctors found mass on Eric Berry's chest

Jay Gruden: RG3 to remain starter against Colts

LeBron James on four-game losing streak: 'I stink'

Report: Johnny Manziel and his entourage involved in brawl

Report: Mariners sign Kyle Seager to $100 million extension

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Reports confirm Ryan Mallett is out for the season

Golden Tate: Loss to Patriots was 'embarrassing'

Pete Carroll: Beating Cards ‘best feeling we’ve had all year’

Bill Belichick burns Dominic Raiola over cheap shot

Tom Brady: ‘It’s fun going to Lambeau’

Anquan Boldin after exchange with Jim Haslett: He’s irrelevant

Ohio State students covering every 'M' on campus

Tampa paper wants the Bears to take Josh McCown back

The top 25 greatest rivalries in college football history

WATCH: Tom Brady sits down for interview with Randy Moss

UNC vandalized Duke locker room with spray paint after win

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez highlight Hall of Fame ballot

Sales of Odell Beckham Jr.'s jersey on the rise

RG3 struggles again, Redskins offense stuck in neutral

12 amazing stats from Week 12

Hockey Fights of the Week

Three head coaches who won't be with current team in 2015

Katy Perry confirmed as Super Bowl XLIX halftime performer

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Greatest college football rivalries

LeBron on losing streak: 'I stink'

Report: Manziel, friends get in brawl

Tate: Loss to Pats was 'embarrassing'

Bill Belichick burns Dominic Raiola

Boldin on Haslett: He's irrelevant

Pablo Sandoval signs with Red Sox?

Beckham makes the catch of the season

10 takeaways from NFL Week 12

WWE Survivor Series results

Report: Red Sox set to add Hanley Ramirez

Dominic Raiola admits to dirty play

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.