Brenden Morrow has never been in this place before.

He's never had the uncertainty of his current injury situation. He's never heard the criticism from the fans. He's never wondered so much about his future.

And that's a tough thing for the Stars captain, who said his first goal is to help them become a playoff team again.

"I'm not going to lie, it's really tough to hear," said Morrow of speculation that the team might be better if it moved forward without him. "But at the same time, I saw it with franchise players, good friends. If it happened to Mike Modano, it can happen to anyone.