Former Vancouver Canucks centre Brendan Morrison is not ready to retire just yet and will be looking for a place to play if the NHL season resumes.
Morrison, 37, has bounced around the league since the Canucks chose not to re-sign him following the 2007-08 season. In the four seasons since, he has had stops in Anaheim, Dallas, Washington, Calgary, and Chicago.
Last season between Calgary and Chicago, Morrison had four goals and seven assists in 39 games as a utility player. He moved up and down the lineup, switched from wing and centre as needed, in and out of the press box as a healthy scratch, and as a point man on the power play.
Morrison is a player the Canucks may kick the tires for given their uncertainty at centre. The Canucks need a third line centre and a centre to fill in for Ryan Kesler on the second line until he returns from shoulder and wrist surgery. Is Morrison right for the job? He has accepted the role of a utility player, but if the past is any indication, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault prefers size in the bottom-six.
Back in 2010, Morrison attended Canucks training camp on a tryout along with Peter Schaefer hoping to earn a spot in the bottom-six, but was a late cut. The team opted for the 6-foot-3 Alexandre Bolduc, 6-foot-2 Guillaume Desbiens, and 6-foot-1 Schaefer over the 5-foot-11 Morrison.