CHICAGO- Well, the time finally came – can’t say he didn’t ask for this because, well, he did. The “he” in this equation is Jeremy Morin, the now seldom used, yet talented youngster for the Chicago Blackhawks. Morin certainly is a threat and weapon for any team, it just never translated into the Chicago Blackhawks being that team.
After being unable to record a point in fifteen games, and thus watching from the box for a steady few weeks, it was reported that he had made it known that if there wasn’t a spot for him in the lineup, than he wanted to be traded.
“I think he wants to play!”- Q on Jeremy Morin
As they do in Chicago, the front office listened and after being sent to Rockford for a short conditioning assignment, it was only a matter of time before he’d get what he asked for. The only question lied in whom the Hawks would get in return.
The answer… 6’3″ 205lbs Defensemen Tim Erixon. A former 2009 first round draft pick in which he was chosen 23rd overall by the Calgary Flames. After refusing to sign with Calgary, he was traded to the New York Rangers where he made few starts and spent most his time being shuttled to and from Connecticut. Finally he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the trade that saw Rick Nash head to New York.
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Erixon has enjoyed some success on the World Junior stage, winning a total of two silver medals and two bronze medals through five tournaments with Sweden. Prior to their 2009 Silver medal, Erixon played alongside now teammate David Rundblad, where he recorded seven points through forty-five games for Skelleftea AIK in the SHL.
With the Hawks still sorting out their third defensive pairing, it’s no surprise they went after someone that could potentially find a partner to form a similar shut down pairing to Oduya and Hjalmarsson. One thing’s for sure, Chicago sure does love their Swedes! Those tough, warrior, Swedes!
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