Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Travis Morin Returns From Dallas, Gives Texas Vet Rule Issues

Travis Morin (Credit: Michael Connell/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars announced this morning that they are returning center Travis Morin to the Texas Stars. Morin is the AHL's leading scorer and did not play in any games this week for Dallas in his time there.

Obviously, getting the top scorer in the league back on the roster is a good thing. However, the Stars are also presented with a veteran problem now that Morin is back in the fold. In case you've forgotten, the AHL's veteran rule is in place to ensure that the league retains its development focus and limits the number of 'veteran' players who can play on any one night for each club.

The basic guts of the rule state that only five players with 320 professional games or more and one with 240 or more can play. That's a limit of six total, and Texas has seven: Travis Morin, Aaron Rome, Maxime Fortunus, Francis Wathier, Chris Mueller, Toby Petersen and Colton Sceviour (less than 320). Coach Desjardins scratched Francis Wathier previously when this situation arose. One of the aforementioned vets will have to be scratched each night for the foreseeable future as long as this roster continues in its current form.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has returned center Travis Morin on loan to Texas.

Morin, 29, was recalled from the AHL on October 27th and did not appear in a game for Dallas. With Texas this season, he has earned at least one point in each of his first eight contests and leads the entire AHL with 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward was the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 20 for posting nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in four games.

The native of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Morin has appeared in three National Hockey League (NHL) contests, all as a member of the Dallas Stars during the 2010-11 season. Originally drafted by Washington in the ninth-round (263rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Morin was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 12, 2010.

4 comments:

  1. I'm sorry he didn't get to play up in Dallas. It would have been a great morale boost for him.

    I've never quite figured out how the pay works out for these short call-ups. Do they pay by the day, the game, the week, the fraction of the season? He was only there for about 4 days and didn't play in either game, but surely there's some recompense for being in "the big league" even from the sidelines.

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    1. Players are paid by the day, regardless of games. Travis Morin made just over $8,400 for 3 days with Dallas. Jack Campbell made 34,000 for his nine days (and a 600k bonus).

      More here: http://capgeek.com/stars/tracker/

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  2. Wow! I see, nice! Campbell made out! Hope these guys have a good savings plan.

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  3. NHL teams often call up players for a few days when they are doing well in the AHL with no intention of playing them. It is a legal way to give a bonus check as a reward to the player, as Stephen said. And I cannot figure out why I always get Morin and Sceviour mixed up.
    - PBG

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