When the Penguins acquired Gary Roberts from Florida in 2007. he quickly became a Pittsburgh legend. HARDCORE. WWGRD: What would Gary Roberts do?
But, truth be told, Roberts delivered only sporadically. He was 41. No denying his courage. But Roberts wasn't immune from being a healthy scratch.
Brenden Morrow is THE REAL THING. He's 34. He might not be in Pittsburgh for a long time. But it figures to be a black-and-blue time.
Morrow has five goals and three assists in his last four games. He scored twice vs. Montreal last night. He scrapped with P.K. Subban, then offered to do it again in five minutes. Sadly, this did not transpire. But Morrow's message was clear.
Morrow is 6-foot, 205 pounds of pain. He hits, then hits some more. He hits so much, he makes you feel guilty for not hitting. Over a seven-game series, Morrow will wear opposing defensemen out. He is a battering ram.
GM Ray Shero acquired four good players. But in Morrow and Jarome Iginla are two guys who WON'T LET YOU LOSE. Those come in handy.
I don't know what Gary Roberts would do. Not now. But Morrow 3:16 says I JUST KICKED YOUR ASS.