DALLAS — Again, this season marks a changing of the guard for the Dallas Stars.On Sunday, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk worked a deal that sent team captain Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick to the Pittsburg Penguins in exchange for 20-year-old defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick.“A lot of emotions, I spent a lot of time, 14 years in Dallas. I think I kind of knew a change was going to happen, you hear the rumors. I didn’t hear much of Pittsburgh. I had that conversation with Joe Nieuwendyk and he brought this team forward. It made the decision pretty easy. I’m very excited,” Morrow told the Pittsburgh media during a news conference Monday.The effects of the deal are vastly significant for the organization.Gone is the last active connection to the Stars’ 2000 Stanley Cup Finals appearance, which Morrow participated in his rookie season with the Stars. Pittsburg picks up a 13-year veteran who tallied 528 points, 243 goals and spent seven of those years with a captain’s “C” on his Stars’ jersey.However, the move suits the former captain well, as he joins a Penguin’s team that sits first in the Eastern Conference with 50 points and remains a strong contender to take another league title, which was a point of emphasis for Nieuwendyk, Morrow’s teammate on that Stanley Cup runner-up squad.“I’ve always told him and been up front with him that I would do what I thought was best for him and obviously I have a responsibility to the organization too that I do what’s best for the organization,” Nieuwendyk said Monday during a news conference. “I think in this particular case, it really is a win-win for both.”With Morrow’s contract set to expire at the end of this lockout shortened-season, and several years plagued with injuries, the move did not come as a surprise to the 34-year-old, Nieuwendyk said. The two had been in conversation throughout the season about possible moves that could benefit both parties.There’s a lot of youth, a lot of energy on this team. Great players, I know four or five of them from having played with them, and others from competing against them and not enjoying that. It’s a great group. I spent a lot of time with one team, got very comfortable there and I am looking forward to a new challenge. If I get a boost from a new team, and I am sure I am going to, with the skill this team has – it has two of the best players in the world – it is going to make it very easy to play.”Nieuwendyk said Sunday’s move was possibly the hardest he’s had to make in his short tenure as the Stars’ general manager, because of the personal connection he had with Morrow, but he was able to draw from his own experience to present the offer to Morrow, who had a no-trade clause with the Stars.“I’ve been there in my career to,” Nieuwendyk said. “I didn’t really want to leave the Calgary Flames, but I knew it was coming and ended up coming to the Lone Star State and it worked out pretty well for me here too. Sometimes these things fuel the fire a little bit and I think it will be for Brenden.”In the aftermath of the deal, three questions remain for the Stars.First, Nieuwendyk and head coach Glen Gulutzan must place the newly-acquired Morrow on either the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League or the Stars. Joe Morrow was the 23rd overall pick of the Penguins in the 2011 draft and spent all of this season with Pittsburg’s AHL affiliate Wikes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, racking up 15 points with 4 goals.Another question to answer is if he can immediately jump into the rotation for the final defenseman position with Jordie Benn and Philip Larsen.“I think our guys liked him and identified him as one of those guys,” Gulutzan said. “You have to take that for what it’s worth. For us, we need to see him and see how he fits in with our other group of defensemen and make the decision then.”Next, Gulutzan must pick a new captain for the first time in seven years. The process, however, is more of a revelation than a choice as both he and Nieuwendyk said the team will roll on with three alternate captains until the right man for the job proves he is worthy. Currently, defenseman Stephane Robidas, winger Ray Whitney and winger Loui Eriksson wear the “A’s” for the Stars.Robidas confirmed that the captaincy can be fairly trivial to the players as long as certain players take hold of leadership roles on the ice and in the locker room.“For now I don’t see it as a big deal,” Robidas said. “I don’t think you need to always have a guy with the letter C on his jersey playing every night.”For the team as a whole, the move does put a sobering cloud over a team yet again fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot, reminding every player that the next game could be their last on a Dallas team looking to get young quickly.“If Wayne Gretzky got traded then I guess anyone can get traded,” Robidas said.