"Just reading some of his comments recently and the fact that we have a lot of centers and young guys that they want to get more ice time," Morrow said. "That doesn't make it easy. It's never hard for an organization to do anything like this. It's tough. He's my friend and you never want something to happen to your friend that they don't want to have happen."
Morrow has lost two of his closests teammates and friends on the team, Modano and goalie Marty Turco. The departure of both players will alter the leadership elements in the dressing room and on the ice.
"Those were two veterans I could lean on," Morrow said. "Marty was a vocal guy that others listened to. Mike provided so much with his presence. And when he did have something to say, it carried weight."
Morrow said that means others must step up and "take a bigger chunk" of the leadership duties. He included himself in a list of players like Brad Richards, Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson (he said others would emerge too).
"It's going to be very strange to not see No. 9 gliding through the neutral zone with that sweater waving," Morrow said. "It's difficult, but we have to move on. We aren't making many moves this offseason, so we have to get it done with the group we have now. Hopefully, the experience from last year will help with that."