Why does everyone bash Brendan Morrison?

As a die hard Canucks fan, and someone who doesn’t take Canuck bashing very well, it boggles me why everyone around the league…ESPECIALLY Canuck fans bash B-Mo.
Is it his salary? Is it his point total? Could it be his age?Now there are several points I’m going to defend, so I’ll start with his salary vs. production. Morrison is in the last year of a 3 year 9.6 million dollar contract, which for all you non-math wizards, works out to 3.2 million a year. Now, for a second line center, I don’t understand how people can claim that he is not worth 3.2 million a year.
Over the last six years Morrison has averaged 59.8 points a year. Over the last two years of his current contract, his average has dropped a bit to 53.5 points a year. Now granted I am biased, but is 53 points a year for a second line center really that bad? There is only one way I can figure to judge and that is to compare his salary to other centers around the league with roughly the the same salary. The list includes:

S. Horcoff: 3.6 million – 51 points
M. Handzus: 4.0 million – 44 points in 05/06
R. Lang: 4.0 million – 52 points
D. Weight: 3.5 million – 59 points
J. Madden: 2.93 million – 32 points
M. Comrie: 3.375 million – 45 points
M. Ribeiro: 2.8 million – 59 points
B. Morrison: 3.2 million – 51 points

Now I know there are other players who make more than him and produce less, and that there are others who make less than him and produce more. But I figure this list is pretty comparable to Brendan Morrison.
Now I don’t hear those other players names being bashed nearly as much as B-Mo’s. Now that could be because I’m from Vancouver, or it could simply be because Morrison is just criticized more for one reason or another.
Now of those players, which ones kill penalties? Which ones work on the power play? How many are leaders on their respective teams? And how many have been playing through pain over the past two seasons, needing offseason surgery to try and fix the problem in both occasions? Now I know a couple of the other players can be checked off for 2 or maybe even 3 of those comments, but how many have had to have surgery two summers in a row. And not just minor surgery either. A hip surgery that is considered to be fairly extensive, agonizing, and includes a long recuperation time. Now I’m not making excuses for Morrison, because he doesn’t need them, but for someone who has played every game over the past six year and then some (that’s 504 games straight) how can you argue his dedication, production, leadership, and perserverance.
As for his age. Brendan is turning 32 in just under a month, so he has piles of hockey in front of him. And for someone who was born in Vancouver, I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to stay and why the Canucks wouldn’t want him to stay. I believe the Canucks will resign him after this year is complete, if not sooner, to a multi-year contract for around the same 3 million a year. Morrison deserves to continue his career in Vancouver, and hopefully this season he can stay at least 90% healthy over the course of the year, instead of his usual 60%. By remaining healthy, you should see B-Mo’s numbers jump to around 60 points. Morrison is the ideal player for the new NHL with speed and skill, hopefully this year he will be able to use them.


33 Responses to Why does everyone bash Brendan Morrison?

  1. MR40 says:

    I agree with you.

    You can't compare BMO to John Madden though.

  2. Antero says:

    scape·goat –

    1. a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.

  3. smokz13 says:

    its nice to see someone post something that is worth commenting on about the nucks. there is nothing wrong with havin mo' on this team since he does a lot of everything for them. kills penalties, is on the second powerplay unit, is very responsible defensvely(9 times out of 10 is the first forward back if not covering for a d-man going in on the rush). i would love to see him come back for a few more years as a nuck cuse he is a hard worker and does his job. with all the young players coming up on this team he has the leadership and dedication to hockey that you want the young guys to see on a nightly basis.

  4. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I totally agree with you.

    I don't have much to add, other then I think the reason he is the scapegoat is because he was viewed as a first line center, when he is more fit for the 2nd line. Naslund and Betuzzi pumped up his stats. No, those days are over, but he is still a great asset, a leader, secondary scorer. He and Naslund have alot to prove this year though, as veterans and leaders, they need to show more consistency (the whole team bar Luongo needs to be more consistent, but like I said, Mo and Naz are veteran leaders and need to lead the charge) and this being their contract year, I'm sure they will.

    Ok, maybe I add a lot to add.

  5. JuicemaN says:

    Maybe it's cause you're calling him B-Mo.

    In my honest opinion and I think it is the actual reason people bash him….because much like Bertuzzi (and Naslund of last year) he had some fantastic seasons and then tailed off…once you put up good numbers from 54 points to 67 to 71 fans start to get hopefull and put pressure on the player to keep getting better…..but he's tailed off into average'ness and now he's just another player taking up cap space and not putting the bigger numbers he was before even though he's played a full season for 6 years in a row.

    And I feel it nessesary to say that in defense of all the Leaf fans out there who have been bashed in the past, if a Leaf fan was writing about one of their players and listed all the excuses you did for Morrison, you guys would bash the crap out of him.

  6. Habroller says:

    Personnally, I'm not bashing him, he's just letting me plain neutral.

    The only reason I may have bashed him is that every Canucks fan who ever proposed a trade with my Habs on this website has tried to squeeze in the little Morrison. I just don't want him on my team. We already have two not-too-tall centermen that I would take a million years before him.

    Other than that, he's ok, maybe overpaid, but he's ok.

  7. the_word says:

    Because none of those players play in markets that matter and few of them used to be solid 1st centers.  At least Weight and Lang have the excuse that their out of their prime because of their age.  Morrison should be playing the best hockey of his career now. 

    Everyone one Vancouver kills penalties, so Morrison isn't really adding much to the lineup there.  Vancouver is a team filled with role players, what they need from Morrison is offense, which he doesn't provide.

  8. PaulK123 says:

    One Word…LEADERSHIP

  9. hero11 says:

    No, not every canuck kills penalties!

    Last year, Burrows 266 mins, Cooke 201 mins, MORRISON 185 mins, Kesler 178 mins, on the PK compared to Naslund 1:46 min, Pyatt 2 min, D.Sedin 11:38 min.

    Morrison was very important to the PK on the team with the best penalty killing in the league at 86.9%.

    If he can keep up that kind of contribution to the team, I think he's worth the 3.2 mill.

    You can't expect a guy to kill penalties that well, AND put up huge point numbers. although it would be nice.

    B-MO is a keeper!

  10. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    As a die hard Canucks fan, and someone who doesn’t take Canuck bashing very well, it boggles me why everyone around the league…ESPECIALLY Canuck fans bash B-Mo.
    Is it his salary? Is it his point total? Could it be his age?

    Now there are several points I’m going to defend, so I’ll start with his salary vs. production. Morrison is in the last year of a 3 year 9.6 million dollar contract, which for all you non-math wizards, works out to 3.2 million a year. Now, for a second line center, I don’t understand how people can claim that he is not worth 3.2 million a year.
    Over the last six years Morrison has averaged 59.8 points a year. Over the last two years of his current contract, his average has dropped a bit to 53.5 points a year. Now granted I am biased, but is 53 points a year for a second line center really that bad? There is only one way I can figure to judge and that is to compare his salary to other centers around the league with roughly the the same salary. The list includes:

    heres 1 good reason
    cause only 1 of those years i think hes been a second line center. the rest he was top line with naslund and bertuzzi.

  11. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    meant to space it out
    basically
    he spent roughly 5 of those 6 years you mentioned as a 1st line center with naslund and bertuzzi
    last year was his only year i believe second line.

  12. the_word says:

    On behalf of the rest of the league thanks, please resign him long term.  3.6 for someone with mediocre offense output and kills penalties.  Yeah he fit the mold in Vancouver. 

    The team should change their name to the Vancouver Betas.

  13. the_word says:

    Ok, if B-mo is so great, would you like to see Nonis resign him to 3 years at 9.6?

    I didn't think so.  Bashing justified.

  14. JuicemaN says:

    If I was Brendan Morrison I'd want to be traded just to get Canuk fans to stop calling me "B-Mo".

  15. JuicemaN says:

    With your username it's tough to take you seriously as a "die hard Canuks fan". If you were die hard your name wouldn't be 19avsfanfolife19.

    If you're happy with a 55 point second line centre than you're settling for way too much.

  16. MR40 says:

    He's pretty much worth that.

  17. MR40 says:

    I figured it out.

    People say he's overpaid, because he isn't underpayed. People just think Ohlund, Mitchell, and Salo have more value then Mo, and with about the same salary that make's him overpayed, but you have to realize all of these guys are underpayed. So pretty much your comparing his contract to people who on most teams get 4.5-5.0 million.

  18. wingsfan13 says:

    morrison is consistently ripped on because of the slide in production from those bertuzzi-naslund-morrison days.  morrison stills plays with a supposed franchise winger in naslund so why shouldn't he put in more than 50 pts?

  19. wingsfan13 says:

    that is pasted from the article tard.

  20. JuicemaN says:

    Eeeeeeeeeasy buddy…no need for calling me a tard.

    It's a combination of a bad post and my not realizing….if you cut and paste or use any clip from another post everyone knows it's common sense to put it in quotations or italicize it.

    Tard….LOL, grow up and try not to jump to name calling….unless you're Pennsuck or Archion (former posters that were kicked off) there's no need jump to name calling.  Unless of course you're in grade 8 or something….then that makes sense.

  21. canucklehead_101 says:

    The problem is Morrison's supposed to be in his prime at the age of 31, Horcoff & Weight (Weight is slowing down thought) are first liners, and Madden is a third liner.  Comrie has be criticized as inconsistent along with Riberio(Who is also learning),  and Lang is washed up!!!

    Morrison=2-Way 2nd Line Center
    Madden=Checking Line forward
    Handzus=#1 line Center (Low tier)
    Comrie= 2nd Line Winger
    Horcoff= 2-Way Playmaker
    Weight=1st line player (low tier)
    Lang=2nd Liner
    Riberio= 1st line winger (future)

  22. canucklehead_101 says:

    Morrison is worth 2.5 at most

  23. hero11 says:

    Yes I would, although he could probably come cheaper.

    Look around the league at other players at his price as jonnygf40 stated, I would rather have Morrison over the likes of Horcoff-3.6, Samsonov-3.5, Tucker-3, Hartnell-5.2, Brind'Amour-4, and Mikka Koivu-3.3.

    Your bashing NOT justified!

  24. leaffansareajoke says:

    Thats cause we've heard leaf fans use the same excuses for 40 years now.  Its nice to hear about a team other than the Leafs.

    But i agree with you, funny ain't it?, that the main reason is because he hasn't put up the points.  Hockey fans are very narrow minded when it comes to a players ability, and we tend to judge it just by the points he puts up and not what he does on the ice.  At the end of the year, their is no column for "nice defensive plays".  For his price, he's great.  Not a first line center by any strech of the imagination though.

  25. the_word says:

    Tucker is an asset a 3 million, Tucker had a productive year (was on pace for a 50 goal year when he got injured, I'm not saying that Tucker is a potential 50 goal scorer or 40 for that matter, but he's money for 20-30 and brings a lot of intangibles to the game and something Canucks fans can't relate to, he's entertaining to watch), Samsonov gets bashed more than anyone in the LNH and rightfully so, Hartnell is overpaid but has potential, Brind'Amour had a monster year and his 5 times the player B-mo could aspire to be and Koivu sucks (if he has in Vancouver he'd get bashed by fans outside of Vancouver and you'd probably defend him).

    Regardless of how the players you mention perform, that doesn't excuse B-mo's mediocre play. Nonis has shopped Morrison (if even Nonis thinks he's bad, he must suck or Nonis wants a roster spot for another bush league forward) and guess what no other GM wants him. Big surprise. At least the Leafs could have gotten a 1st round pick for Tucker (unlike B-mo Tucker has value).

  26. the_word says:

    And why will he come cheaper?  Because he's not worth 3 million.  Nuff said.

  27. the_word says:

    Are there any Nucks fans that aren't under the impression that their team in a shoe for the cup finals and understand that Burrow, Linden, Morrison, Pyatt, Cowan etc…. are filler? 

  28. JuicemaN says:

    I can't believe I'm about to say these words but…..you're right, defenseman like bieksa, witt, yuskevich don't look decent on paper but when it comes down to it  they're great players to have on your team.

    John Madden is good for that too.

  29. Johnnynuck says:

    I don't think Morrison is overpaid at all.  He's just not what we need as a second line centre…   While it works for arbitrators, it is unfair to compare point totals when assessing talent/ worth.  You needn't look past our own team to see this; in salary/ points, the Sedins are an enormous value compared to Morrison, but Naslund is overpaid compared to Mo.   However looking at what Gomez got ($10 mil) this year with the exact same point totals as Naslund, Markus looks like a steal ($6 mil)!!!   Morrison is phenomenal at reading the ice and plays for his teammates.  Having said that, he was also a -9 this last season on a team that was 5th in the league for goals against and won our division.   I like Morrison, a lot, but I love the Canucks and believe Mo's contract would look better on someone else's payroll as long as we got a player who dominates WITH the puck.   I definitely don't want to chase him outta town but believe we're pretty deep as far as speedy centres who see the ice well and they make considerably less.   It's too bad he couldn't get points for shootout goals, then teams would be ringing Nonis off the hook for Mo's services!!!   Also Kesler had better get at least 20 goals this year because that offer sheet was crap and we could've used Van Riemsdyk or Turris in our system!!

  30. hero11 says:

    Because he would more than likely take a discount for a team that gave him all the chances he needed to become the player he is now.   You moron.
    NUFF SAID……HOMER!

  31. Bobby_Lou101 says:

    I completely agree with you…

    I think that the reason that Canuck fans and possibly hockey fans in particular is because so many people compare his salary to how he does in the season. Also, I think many people are used to the way he played when he was with Bert and Nazzie. Refering to your list of players producing, I don't think he's too bad.

    Still, I think that B-Mo would, if not will provide to be some valuable trade bait. Talking about trading, there are rumors that Mo will go to the Devils in exchange for Patrick Elias…not gonna happen. As stated in a previous article, the reason that Mo came here was because Lou Lammorello and he had some problems working with each other.

    It's also nice to see someone talking about something other than trade rumors and stuff.

  32. the_word says:

    Now you're saying he'll take a home town discount, and then you call me a homer. Talk about hypocrisy, I've never suggested that a player would sign for less than his value to play for the Leafs, I'm not a homer who believes in the character of players while turning a blind eye to the reality that players sign the best contract they can get. I'm not saying home town discounts don't exist, but in Morrison's case, where he get bashed (to the dismay of a handful of blind Canucks lemmings who feel B-mo is under appreciated) its tough to make the case to he'll be loyalty to Vancouver (especially when Nonis has shopped, that being the case, he'll only be offer a contract with a pay cut or short in term). The reality is he'll sign somewhere for less because there is no market for him, unless he can have a good contract year and change his perception.

  33. edmoncanuck says:

    This is a no-brainer. Why does everyone bash Morrison….you need not look further than his plus/minus stats. Sure Morrison has similar point totals compared to some pretty good players in and around the league. But what good does scoring 4-goals in a game if your defensive skills (i.e. what you do without the puck) are so bad that you literally let the other team skate around you to score 5-goals? You may have noticed that much of this fits into Nonis' acquisition and trading strategy lately….although for the life of me I still cannot understand why Nonis acquired Yannick Tremblay. Still, perhaps he just needed a body at the last minute and Tremblay fit the bill late in the summer that year. However, virtually all of Nonis' acquisitions have some very good plus/minus stats in their history, and this is very important for the success of a team. In fact, you cannot go far in the playoffs unless your "TEAM" can play well defensively (i.e. New Jersey Devils). As both Morrison's and Ohlund's plus/minus stats have taken a major nose-dive lately it is not surprising that those two names continually are bantered about when trades and deals are discussed. If you want to get another clue to what Nonis is trying to do with the team, just look at other teams that have won the Cup in recent years….compare their rosters, and the types of players that have won Cups. Then look at Vancouver's roster and compare. If Nonis doesn't make some changes to make Vancouver a skilled and gritty contender don't expect them to go past the 2nd round (Vancouver is not as gritty as a team needs to be to win the Cup). And from what I recall, the NHL is a business, and the team that wins the Cup makes the most money; hence, look for Nonis to make the team a success. Nonis is a pretty smart guy….very slick. How often do you see a GM dump 30% of their players in one season (after missing the playoffs) and then go to the 2nd round the next? Not often. I definitely feel that Nonis is the guy….he's going to win a Cup in Vancouver….wouldn't that be nice.

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