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Morin was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. His new deal will keep him with the organization until 2017.
Morin began his AHL career in Hershey after being drafted by the Washington Capitals in the ninth round. He only played a few games for the Bears from 2007-2009. In 2009-10, he came to Texas on a PTO and eventually earned a standard player contract. He became a Dallas Stars contracted player the next year and played in his first NHL game. He has twelve games in the NHL in his career with a single assist.
Of course, in Texas, Morin is arguably the best and most consistent player the team has had in its history. A massive difference maker at the AHL level and duly recognized for that by the league, having won MVP honors last season in the regular season and playoffs.
Morin is currently sitting in a state of limbo with the organization. If he is recalled again and plays in a game, he will lose his waiver-exemption and could be claimed by any team in the league if he is placed on waivers with the intention of sending him back down to Texas.
It is a positive sign for the organization to retain Morin on this contract. There is no doubt he would have had some lucrative deals on the table this summer in terms of AHL money. Sadly, with the loss of CapGeek.com, we will be unable to determine his new AHL salary, but this deal could easily see him in Chris Mueller territory ($300,000 in the minors). There is no doubt that his familiarity with the team and the area played a part in the signing. Morin and his wife have two young children who have both grown up in Cedar Park.
Morin will represent the Texas Stars and the Western Conference at the AHL All-Star Game next week in Utica. It is his third time being named and second time participating in the mid-season event.