The Tucson Roadrunners announced earlier today that they have acquired forward Jeremy Morin from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in exchange for Stefan Fournier. Morin has nine goals and 12 assists in 43 games with the American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch this season, and 10 goals and 12 assists in 82 career NHL games.
Morin has racked up quite a few frequent flyer miles in his NHL career. After he was selected 45th overall by the then Atlanta Thrashers in 2009, he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 as part of Chicago’s effort to shed salary after their Stanley Cup victory. He would make his debut (against the Thrashers ironically) later that year.
Morin would spend the next four seasons bouncing back and forth between the Blackhawks and their American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford before he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2014 offseason for defenseman Tim Erixon. His time in Columbus would last for just a year however, as he was included in the deal that sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Artem Anisimov.
Later in the 2015-16 season, Morin was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Richard Panik, but was moved at the deadline by Toronto to the San Jose Sharks as part of the James Reimer trade. He signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent this past offseason.
Fournier meanwhile is heading to his third NHL organization after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2013. He arrived with the Coyotes in January of 2016 as part of the now-infamous John Scott trade, but never played in the NHL. He has 11 goals, 12 assists, and 338 penalty minutes in 139 career AHL games.
Morin provides the Roadrunners with a little more scoring as they continue their push to make the Calder Cup Playoffs, as well as some more veteran experience at age 25. And if the Coyotes part ways with multiple players at the Trade Deadline next week, Morin would be an easy stopgap option for Arizona.