Morin agreed to terms on a one-year contract with KHL club Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk on Thursday. Morin hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2014-15 when he was with the Blue Jackets. The past two seasons, the winger has shifted around the AHL, suiting up for five different minor-league organizations. He registered 30 points in 63 outings last year -- not quite good enough to earn another NHL contract. Instead, the New York native will head to Russia to extend his playing career.
Morin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Friday. Morin has played 82 career NHL games with the Hawks and Jackets, scoring 10 goals and 22 points. He has 200 points in 267 career AHL games, including 42 in 59 last season with three squads -- the Rockford IceHogs, Toronto Marlies and San Jose Barracuda. Morin is a former second-round pick that just hasn't found a niche in the NHL, so expect this signing to be for AHL depth only.
Morin was dealt to the Sharks on Saturday along with goalie James Reimer. In exchange, the Maple Leafs will receive forward Ben Smith, goalie Alex Stalock and a conditional fourth-round draft choice in 2018. Morin, a former second-round pick, has failed to earn a full-time role in the NHL since entering the league with the Blackhawks in 2010-11. The Sharks have a strong core within the top six, but the bottom lines are rather fluid and include fellow newcomer Nick Spaling, who also was recently acquired from the Leafs. Morin's ability to play either the left or right wing bodes well for his chances of becoming a regular for Team Teal.
Morin was reassigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Sunday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports. Morin was recalled Saturday, but didn't dress for the Leafs' 5-2 win in Vancouver. The former second-round pick is an established AHL scorer, but has just 10 goals and 22 points in 82 NHL contests.
Morin was called up from the minors on an emergency basis Saturday. The Maple Leafs have a contest Saturday night and winger Josh Leivo (upper body) just landed on injured reserve, hence the emergency call-up for Morin, a 24-year-old native of New York. Prior to his ascension to the parent club, Morin produced two goals and six points in 11 games with the minor-league affiliate Marlies.
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