The Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks completed a minor league transaction on Sunday night.
Toronto acquired Jeremy Morin from Chicago in exchange for Richard Panik – both were in the American Hockey League at the time of the trade.
Morin, originally a 2009 second-round pick (45th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers, was selected seven spots before Panik went 52nd overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Fresh start for both guys,” Joel Quenneville said per the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’re proven guys who have had an opportunity in the NHL at some point in their careers. I’m sure they’ll get looks. I wish [Morin] well. Certainly added depth for us coming back again. He didn’t get a sniff this year, but we’ll see what happens in Toronto for him.”
In 82 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, Morin has scored 10 goals and 22 points.
The 24-year-old has nine goals and 22 points in 28 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season.
This is the second time the Blackhawks have dealt Morin. He was traded to Columbus in December 2014 and reacquired in the Brandon Saad trade last summer.
Morin, who will report to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, is in the final year of his two-year, $1.6 million deal with a cap hit of $800,000. He will be a restricted free agent after this season.
According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, Panik, who has a $975,000 cap hit this season before becoming a restricted free agent, will report to the Blackhawks.
Lazerus reports Panik will help the Blackhawks on the left wing.
"We see guys in the league who lose that opportunity, [and] a new destination, a new opportunity, new linemates, new team can rejuvenate some guys,” Quenneville said. “The thing is, the opportunity, you have to take advantage of it, and he’ll certainly be given the opportunity.”
Panik has spent this season with the Marlies scoring eight goals and 24 points in 32 games. He scored the overtime winner in Toronto's 3-2 overtime win against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday.
Last season with the Leafs, the 24-year-old scored 11 goals and 17 points in 76 games. In 151 career NHL games with the Lightning and Leafs, Panik has 19 goals and 39 points. The Slovakian also appeared in two playoff games with the Bolts during the 2013-14 season registering four penalty minutes.