Sunday, February 26, 2017

NHL trade review: Bolts send Morin to Coyotes for Fournier

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired F Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for F Jeremy Morin. Let's get into details.
     The Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, have a problem. There's an AHL rule that states that at least 13 of the 18 skaters in a game need to be development players. To be a development player, you need to have less than 260 professional games played. There can be just 5 skaters (goalies don't matter) with more. If a player has from 261 to 320 professional games played, he is qualified as an intermediate player. One of the 13 development players can be an intermediate player. Morin has 349 professional games played, so he counts as a veteran. The Crunch have a lot of veterans on their team, so they needed to get rid of one. Fournier is classified as a development player, so the Lightning made the swap. (for more info on this rule, click on this). Fournier earns over $100,000 less than Morin. Fournier, 24, has 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) in 29 games for Tucson (AHL) this season he's never played in the NHL in his career. Fournier is a big time scrapper. He has 95 PIM in just 29 games this year. He might not start in Syracuse, but will be protecting prospects when he does play.
       Coyotes' GM John Chayka is probably happy after completing this deal. Morin is probably a better player, and has NHL experience, unlike Fournier. He can be an AHL call up if needed. Morin, 25, has 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists) in 43 games for Syracuse this season. He hasn't played in the NHL at all this year, but has 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists) in 82 career NHL games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning signed him to a one year deal this offseason, and will be a RFA at the end of the season. Fournier will be a UFA.

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