After a game in which the Hawks really weren’t all that concerned with fielding the most competitive team possible, there’s been a sudden change in philosophy as Jeremy Morin was recalled from Rockford today. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise because after the embarassment that was Wednesday’s game, the front office doesn’t want to risk a severe beating at the hands of a team fielding four ex-Hawks. Nor does Stan Bowman want to anger Joel Quenneville more than he already has.
Morin was one of Rockford’s best players at the start of the season but was injured a couple weeks ago in a game against Abbotsford. He just returned last weekend and didn’t register a point in their last two games.
Morin has a similar contract stipulation as Nick Leddy. Since he’s still just 19 and doesn’t turn 20 until the spring, if he plays less than 9 NHL games then he doesn’t lose a year off his 3-year rookie deal. So this will be an interesting chance for Morin and it will also be an interesting glimpse into the Quenneville/Bowman dynamic.
There’s no doubt that Quenneville loves Morin. As such, he’ll likely have a lot of rope. When the 9 game deadline approaches, however, Bowman may not want to burn a year off Morin’s deal. Assuming Morin doesn’t light the world on fire in the next stretch of games, the decision may become a hot button issue for the coach and general manager.
It certainly bears watching.