I think people get a little too worked up over the Chris Porters and the Adam Cracknells of this team.
Yes, they played well at times...and I like them...but over the long haul, they are a dime a dozen and we can always acquire a player like that for a 5th round pick...if we need one.
This. They're average or slightly above average players. There's a cornucopia of them. I don't really understand the anxiety about this from a skill perspective. I get that people like him. I like him too, but he's not going to make or break the team.
Give me Morrow over Porter any day of the week. No brainer if you ask me.
I'm Pro-Porter, but obviously I'd take Morrow over Porter as well. I think a guy like Porter has some value to this organization. He's done everything they've asked. Yes, in terms of skills, there are tons of Porters out there. But it's a guy who's been shuttled from Peoria to St. Lou (and now Chicago to St. Lou) his entire career. Never once complained. When he signed his one way deal last year, my twitter feed was full of Blues and former Blues congratulating him. There's a character there that teams need. I'm not saying Morrow doesn't have character or some other 4th liner/AHL-er out there doesn't, but I pull for a guy like Porter who is still sticking it out after all these years.
I like Porter as well. Hell, he scores goals against the Red Wings...so he's cool in my book.
And he seems likable...a nice guy who works hard, etc. And if he ends up back here at some point this year (I'm sure he'll be here to fill in for someone who gets hurt at some point), I hope he kicks some ass.
But in the end, we are simply a better team with Morrow in the lineup in lieu of Porter. So it's a move you have to make. And since Cracknell brings a little more offense to the table, it's also a no-brainer to keep him over Porter since we need all of the offense we can get.