Erik Cole deal a good sign for Stars’ finances, but does it signal the end of Brenden Morrow?

Brenden Morrow, like Cole, is 34. Like the 6-2, 205-pound Cole, he plays a power forward role, although, lacking Cole’s size, he does it more with grit. Morrow is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. If the team is happy to take on Cole’s contract for two more years, will the Stars value their captain the same? Or is he on his way out?

Nieuwendyk didn’t rule out further trades before the deadline, which comes — I’m not kidding here — April 3. That’s 13 games before the end of the season.

He did say that he intends “to do right by the captain.” That could mean any number of things, actually.

Stepping aside from the possibly paranoid view that Cole’s arrival assures Morrow’s exit, Cole said the decision to waive his no-trade provision hinged largely on his conversation with former Carolina teammate Ray Whitney.