The Chicago Blackhawks still have four preseason games to go, but that hasn’t stopped them from trimming down their roster as both Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp were placed on waivers Friday.
Both players were acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Brandon Saad trade earlier this summer. Neither player had suited up for a preseason game, and both were considered long-shots to make the Hawks roster this season.
The Blackhawks have the option of placing both players on the roster of the Rockford IceHogs if they clear waivers, but if either player is claimed by another team, the Blackhawks will not get any compensation for losing them.
Morin, who was traded to Columbus last season before coming back to the Hawks in the Saad trade, has never fully earned Joel Quenneville’s trust in Chicago, and this is another piece of evidence that his future doesn’t lie with the organization. In 82 career NHL games, Morin has 10 goals and 12 assists, and he had six points in 28 games with the Blue Jackets last season.
Tropp played in 61 games with the Blue Jackets last season, registering one goal and seven assists. He has appeared in 148 career NHL games, with six goals to his credit in time spent with the Blue Jackets and Sabres.