After a wild 24 hours, Samuel Morin is leaving Philadelphia.
Morin, the hulking defenseman taken 11th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been sent back to his junior team in QMJHL Rimouski, the Flyers announced on Friday.
The news comes after an eventful Thursday evening, during which reports claimed the Flyers — enamored with the 19-year-old’s play this preseason — were trying to trade a defenseman to free up a spot for Morin on the NHL roster.
More, from TSN’s Insider Trading:
The Philadelphia Flyers are also trying to move a defenseman. They’ve got cap issues. Historically, Luke Schenn has always been available from that Philadelphia blueline.
But the play of Sam Morin, an underage junior from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has also got some believing that Nick Grossmann, the veteran defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers, could also be had to try and free up cap space and a roster spot for Morin who might be ready to step in, at least for a nine-game trial.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall was quick to shoot down the rumors.
“I’m not going to talk about trades,” Hextall said Thursday, per CSN Philly. “But I will give you one other piece of advice. Don’t believe everything you read.”
As for Morin, he’ll head back for a fourth season of junior, which could benefit a kid that won’t turn 20 until July. Morin will also have a tremendous shot to make Team Canada for the 2015 World Junior tournament.