Blackhawks Trade Jeremy Morin to Columbus

On Sunday morning, Blackhawks traded forward Jeremy Morin to the Blue Jackets for defenseman Tim Erixon in a swap of former top prospects.

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Erixon, 23, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 Draft by the Calgary Flames. He’s already been traded twice, the first time sending him to to the Rangers in the deal for Roman Horak in 2011 and then as the prospect in the blockbuster trade sending Rick Nash to the Rangers in 2012.

He has 13 points in 70 career NHL games, including one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season.

The obvious question is: what do the Blackhawks need another defenseman for?

Erixon becomes the fifth member of the first round of the 2009 Draft to join the Blackhawks organization, following Nick Leddy, David Rundblad, Dylan Olsen and Philippe Paradis. Morin, like Brandon Pirri, was a second round pick in 2009.

It’s worth noting here that the salary cap moves ahead of next season begin with this transaction. Erixon is a free agent in 2015; Morin has another year left on his contract.

37 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Jeremy Morin to Columbus

  1. I asked myself this same question. I came to the conclusion that they send Dahlbeck down to keep his future contract a little lower. I think this is a precursor to a total over haul o. The blue line. 2 of 6 guys we know are gone for sure. With Seabrook another possibility. Plus, they want I durance in case TvR isn’t the same. Not sure if I’d rather have a forward or a pick than Erixon. Glad Morin got what he wanted. Good luck in Columbus!

  2. I’m thinking its more like a chess move…looking 5 moves ahead…both of these kids go back a few years and get another chance…good for Columbus, hope he proves himself there.

  3. Wish Mo the best in Columbus but clearly Nordstrom has become the much better choice for next forward up. The question to me is whether any one will grab the #6 D slot – Runblad obviously didn’t, Clendening didn’t and this trade doesn’t bode well for Dahlbeck short-term.

  4. Best wishes to Morin. I’m not sure what this move says about our defensive prospect pool. Does it mean they aren’t ready or does it mean the organization/coaching staff doesn’t have faith in their potential? Stanton, Olsen, and Rundblad didn’t seem to meet the coaching staff’s standards. Now we had Clendening and Dahlbeck up and they appear not to have impressed. TVR was the only one that appeared to cut the mustard and he is out for much more time. Not sure how cap issues are playing into these moves, but we are now adding Erixon into the musical chair mix. One thing is for certain, we will not win the cup with a 5 dman rotation. Especially when one of the five is Rosy, over 35 and not able to play every game. The cup is waiting for us to take it home, but we are going to have to resolve this conundrum.
    Go Hawks!!!

  5. First kudos to Bowman for getting value here when his hands were kind of behind his back. Tims is a young player with a lot of potential and is already looking strong on the PP. I think it could be a win-win for both teams. That said Q is killing this franchise! The Blackhawks have the best farm system in hockey and yet the only players who they managed to really develop these past few years is Ben Smith, Brandon Saad Andrew Shaw. His continue reliance on old and useless players is hurting this franchise long term. Morin had the highest Corsi rating on the team and has 30 goal potential. And yet he runs out the likes of Kruger and Bickell. I am sick of watching top talent get sent away. Either Q gets with the program or he needs to be sent backing in the year or two and bring in a coach that doesn’t chase young talent away.

  6. @ Mining Man why on earth would Leddy and particular Morin want to come back here and deal with Q. This isn’t like Versteeg who was simply a salary cap casualty. Both Leddy and Morin were traded because Q would not let them out of the doghouse no matter what they did. They are not coming back here. They will go to LA where Wilson welcomes young players. That’s why they won last year. Wilson played his kids and ran 4 lines out. Q ran out old crappy veterans and eventually our top guys just ran out of gas.

  7. If you Jeremy Morin should play ahead of Marcus Kruger…

    Ah, what’s the point. I’ll wait for Rufus to comment on that.

  8. Good luck to Morin. I think he will step up with some more reliable ice time, lines and support from the coaching staff. It’s a testament to the Hawks very high standards that they are shipping him out. He deserves a round of applause for his patience, though he alone dictates whether the Hawks live to regret this day (I doubt it…).

    As for reasons, I can only offer conjecture. One thought is that another D man forces all the prospects to up their game (though it may demoralize some). It also gives more options and support should Rozy go on LTIR for some nebulous reason… It may be a cap thing, though I cannot piece together the specific role in light of the many permutations of trades which may or may not be necessary in the next year…

    I personally hope we keep Dahlbeck up and would like to see Brennan get a shot in Rozy’s place for a game or two. I know it’ll be a while in light of knowing the ‘system’, coaching familiarity, hierarchy factors and such like… but I’m keen to see the Hawks add another true threat from the point. When TvR gets back of course he gets precedence, but the Hawks ought to see what they have in reserve before the playoffs given concerns about Rozy’s reliability, speed, pep, verve and all that.

  9. I wish Morin all the best with his new club. Jackets if they ever get healthy present a challenge to opponents. Morin with extra ice time should develop further and hopefully succeed. I always liked Morin’s potential over Pirri and Hayes before they were moved. Extra D men are never a bad thing to have. Same with quality keepers which the Hawks now have with the current trio. As mentioned above the development and progress of Nordstrom made this move possible. I think Morin has a better shot/release than Nordy does, but the kid is getting some good scoring chances similar to what Morin was getting even though Mo had very few minutes to do much with. So much depends on teams hitting playoffs healthy.

    Hope Rozy sits tonight, as he had even less gas in the tank than normal yesterday. Dahlbeck down so Rundblad tonight with whom? Is it Rozy or has someone been else called up to play right side with Rundblad. I would like to see 3rd D pairing more solidified.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  10. Justsaying15, Well said. I think this is all on Q. These young guys aren’t getting a chance and Q is hanging on these old veterans who are past their prime. Their experience is not overcoming their diminished skills…Zus and Rosy. They are hurting the team. FTR, God forbid if Rosy goes on the LTIR. I think the 5th and 6th dmen (our prospects) will get 5-6 minutes a game and Q will be going with essentially a 4 man d rotation. I think Morin’s offensive upside is better than Nordstrom’s, but Nordstrom is a safer bet in a 200 foot game. With the firepower we have, Nordy makes a good fit. If we lose some of the offensive power we have in the top 6-8 forwards, Nordy, I do not believe, will address that loss. Morin may have…

  11. Good luck Morin. You never got a legitimate chance in Chicago. Once you get in Q’s doghouse you can never get out. Just ask Leddy. Rosy needs to take a long break. Dahlbeck made a mistake on the last goal by not staying with the puck carrier but Rosy was terrible last night. I would rather have Dahlbeck on D than tired old Rosy.

  12. Booman, the hawks won the Stanley cup in 2013 with a 5 man rotation. That’s all you need when the games mean something. The hawks on defense will go as far as 2 4 7 and 27 take them.

  13. You know, this is a lot like Pirri. Couldn’t get out of Q’s doghouse. It isn’t until pirri was moved that makes me think Q was right. I suppose I’ll let him of the hook. Lol. The guy knows what he’s doing.

  14. Tab, “what do Hawks need another D man for”?

    Cden was terrible- Cannot skate… I would be surprised if he gets another long Look!!!

    Dbeck – has been much better… but NOT even close to NHL/TvR!!! I hope he can learn to read/anticipate better… his skating is better than Cden’s – but still doesn’t have good anticipation/IQ… So that leaves Johns/Pokka/TJ… this IS a needed move (especially if TvR can’t come back)…

    I was really disappointed by the “stay at home” Dbeck… His Shot was his best asset…
    not his D!!!

    Cden- will go the way of Pirri!!!

  15. The thing I take the most out of this is the last paragraph of Tab’s article. Morin did want out and got out. All in all probably good for everyone. I also always figure that there is plenty going on that us fans don’t know anything about.

  16. Funny thing is 5 & 34 are good friends.

    More D depth and looking for a good 3rd pair guy while all of the D guys that paid their dues got some games for experience/development. Where looking for a guy for this year/now. Need just one to take it by the horns like 57. I think we still add a good D man at deadline, now that well be banking 1.9m prorated when Crow is back.

    Q and Bowman know what there doing, pretty good at it.

  17. Wow! All the angst for the man who coached this team to 2 Cups! Q has to get with the program or be sent packing? smh at that one.

  18. Morrison- good call on 5/34

    34- really untested… BUT- appeared to be in way better position/ played the 1 handed stick push (like TvR and Hammer often due)… engaged on the Boards way better than 44 and 6… and anticipated where the puck was going much better than both…

    34 was solid (once again – barely tested)… but nice considering Zero practice w/ system /partner/team…

    Also agree- that SB- most likely looking for solid D man at deadline…
    Barring injuries – of course.

  19. Good luck to Morin at Columbus. To the critics of Bowman and Coach Q I think a lot of you are missing the obvious. The Hawks are one of the best teams in the NHL. That means they have some of the best players. In order for later round draft picks to make the team they need to be better then the current players. The fact that players like Shaw, Saad, Smith,TVR, and now Darling have become important players for the team shows a strong track record for the organization. As excited as we all are for Ice Hog players to make the Hawks, they still need to outplay the current team members. That doesn’t just mean speed and and a good shot but also a strong commitment to 2 way play and defense. The last time I looked the Hawks were when of the best teams in the league for almost every defensive statistic including penalty kill. When coach Q players sees young players make careless mistakes he doesn’t need to stick with them as they learn because he has a lot of other choices. The Hawks are not in “wait for next year” mode like unfortunately so many other Chicago teams are.

  20. Q willing to go with TvR, so much for not playing rookies. Morin and Rund regarded as insurance against injuries. Plenty of history between Q and Morin, Hawks had plenty of data on Morin dating back to 2010. Fifteen games and one point is not what you would expect from an AHL scoring leader. Reminds me of Jack Skille, former nunber one draft pick of Hawks, who had great energy level but was replaceable. As a Morin booster, I have to admit his stats are not unique and are replaceable. I’m glad for him that he will get a longer look at Columbus. Q is auditioning D prospects for Rosy’s partner and no one has yet measured up to TvR.

  21. Stan finally freed Morin. It would not shock me to see Mo finally get top 6 mins and put yp numbers. I think the kids and NHL player now it’s time for him to prove it.

    Not a good move for Stan again

  22. To the “Q” detractors; it could be a lot worse……

    Look at the Bears…… is that what you want? A touchy feely type who “can’t go in the locker room”……?????? A coach that blows smoke up their a** by telling players how “great” their doing when they suck….?????

    Q ain’t perfect (no one is) but he’s pretty darn good……

    @#$%^&!! I just fell off my soap box……

  23. Interesting…

    Hogs led by Big Stat stars (Morin, Cden, Pirri, Hayes, Dbeck) were losers…

    Now Hogs are led by Nordstom, Ross, Johns, Pokka, TJ, Danault (pretty much ALL doing LESS statistically speaking compared to above)… YET the Hogs are WINNING!!! Especially noticing Cden and Dbeck NOT leading the D… TJ, Johns, Pokka – ALL have better +/- … And ALL are new to the System…

    I have watched a few games live for Hogs… imo- the “New” guys ALL skate and think faster!!! This would include Hartman, TT.

    My point- Hawks are still searching for D prospect Help… Cden – NO!!! Dbeck- maybe- but NOT now… Really need 1 or 2 of the New D guys to Pan out!!! Soon

  24. re: wall’s “Hawks are still searching for D prospect Help” – I wouldn’t necessarily agree there. They’re looking for a group of 2-4 guys to be NHL ready and able to contribute in the next 18-24 months. I would argue that Dahlbeck could be a solid third pair guy, Johns will be a top-4 guy, and Pokka could be another Leddy-type from what I’ve seen & read. What Clendening becomes is the question… let’s also not sell short on Michael Paliotta coming into his own in his senior year of college as well. There’s plenty of talent, but fitting the pieces together is the task now. If I were a gambling man, in 3 years I would have Hjalmarsson w/ Keith and then a mix of Clendening/Pokka, Johns, Paliotta & Pokka making an impact on the NHL level. Erixon intrigues me because his ceiling should/could be so high… and clearly the Hawks making a move to add a dman on a one-way deal indicates they still aren’t sold on Rundblad.

    BUT before we run Bowman under the bus for that deal, let’s keep in mind the Hawks are getting a 2nd round pick (#54 overall) w/ KHayes walking away. He needed a guy to replace Leddy and took a chance on a young guy w/ a LOT of talent… we just haven’t seen him do much w/ it.

  25. The bottom line is that you can’t have a top-end cup chasing team and one that is developing talent at the NHL level. You also can’t just get rid of guys when you sign them to big contracts either. And you can’t hold onto the guys forever. So Morin, Pirri, Olsen, etc, all had chances to make the team.

    Q is killing this team? 4 WCF in 6 years? 2 Stanley Cups? Please. Q is not the problem. There is a log-jam of talent on this team. Appreciate it while we can still afford to put together a full roster of top-end talent. And, BTW, half of this team was built internally. All Hawks draft picks: 19, 88, 2, 7, 4, 16, 28, 20, 50, 65, 29. So stop with the “Hawks can’d develop talent talk.” We just won 12 of 14. Just about any other club would kill for our problems.

  26. I think Blackhawk fans will like Tim Erixon. Lots of talent there and hopefully he can stick in the lineup and develop. I liked Morin and wish him well but I like this trade a lot. This guy has Top 4 D-man potential.

  27. This trade does not shore up the blue line, this addition is un-notable. Morin will succeed in the NHL IMO. Accurate shot, good speed and physical but his sometime lack of defense can work against him but he’s talented. The Hawks are playing the most consistent hockey in recent memory, fun to watch the effort.

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