By Chris Kuc
6:32 PM PST, January 27, 2012
OTTAWA, Ontario -- General manager Stan Bowman made a move to strengthen the Chicago Blackhawks up the middle when he acquired veteran center Brendan Morrison in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
The Hawks sent minor-league defenseman Brian Connelly to the Flames in exchange for Morrison, who has appeared in 923 career NHL games in parts of 15 seasons. Morrison had four goals and seven assists in 28 games with the Flames this season.
The 36-year-old Morrison scored his 200th career NHL goal Jan. 1 against the Nashville Predators and his 600th career NHL point on Dec. 29, 2011 against the New Jersey Devils.
Connelly, 25, spent parts of the last four seasons with the Hawks' minor-league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and had 21 goals and 105 assists in 211 regular-season games. Connelly originally signed with the Hawks on June 8, 2009.
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