There are a lot of people in the Stars organization who believe in Brenden Morrow. There are a lot of people who respect him, and hope he can prove people wrong this year.

And that's what makes his current situation so difficult.

Morrow is playing on the fourth line and has logged less than 10 minutes a game in each of the last two outings. He hasn't seen that kind of role since he wore No. 45 while breaking in as a rookie back in 1999-2000. It's not an easy decision for the Stars to make, and it's not an easy reality for Morrow, who has played 812 games in a Stars uniform and has been captain for the past seven seasons.

"I understand the circumstances, and I know where we are, and I'm just trying every day to do something to help the team,'' Morrow said. "You don't want to be a distraction or ruffle any feathers, so you just put your head down and push forward.''

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he has kept an open line of communication with Morrow, and said he's been impressed with how the veteran has handled the situation.

"He's the ultimate professional,'' Gulutzan said. "We've talked about it, and he is very determined to do whatever he can to help the team.''

Morrow turned 34 on Jan. 16, so he is not old. He suffered through an injury-plagued 2011-12, but he said he feels healthy now after working hard over the past eight months to improve core strength and flexibility.