Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jeremy Morin Autograph Card

So, in perhaps the oddest move this summer, Jeremy Morin is back with the Chicago Blackhawks following a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, six months after asking out of Chi-town, which kind of makes the Hawks into Hotel California, where ''you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave''.

Morin wanted a new beginning because he felt coach Joel Quenneville never really gave him a chance to show what he was all about, but to be fair, his 2 goals and 6 total points in 28 games with Columbus probably wasn't what anyone had in mind for the former second-rounder either.

The Hawks are bringing him back in the fold, banking on their knowledge of his overall game, the fact that they've liked him for a while, and the open spots in their line-up for him to try to step into the positions formerly occupied by Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp and put up some points by playing alongside either Jonathan Toews on the first line, Patrick Kane on the second or Teuvo Teravainen on the third. If he makes the team, a 40-point season is definitely not out of the question at this point, despite his prior history in the NHL (12 goals, 12 assists, 22 points in 82 games).

So far, his rights have been traded for Mathieu Schneider (the pick the Atlanta Thrashers used to select him), Dustin Byfuglien, Tim Erixon, and Saad, give or take surrounding players such as Artem Anisimov - so he's usually highly-touted.

Here he is wearing the Hawks' gorgeous third/old-school uniform, from Panini's 2010-11 Luxury Suite set (the autographed insert version of card #148 - his Rookie card - signed on-card in thin blue sharpie):
I got this card in a trade recently, in exchange for ten signed Benchwarmers cards I had doubles of, mostly from the 2005 Signature Series set. So I too, like the Hawks, have a lot of confidence in this kid.

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