|Travis Morin (Credit: Michael Connell/Texas Stars)
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.