Travis Morin

Stars place Seguin and Eaves on IR

The Dallas Stars have placed forwards Tyler Seguin (lower body) and Patrick Eaves on injured reserve the club announced Saturday.

Both suffered injuries in the third period of Friday night’s 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers.

In a corresponding move the club recalled Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars.

Panthers’ defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was assessed a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct for his hit on Seguin late in the third period.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the league is reviewing the Kulikov hit.

“It’s a dirty shot. It’s just something that ends up taking your best player out of the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff postgame. “Not only out of the game, it is taking him out of the lineup for a little while for us.

“(We will) just let the league deal with it. I used to yell and scream about it but that doesn’t do any good. It’s just a shot that didn’t need to happen.”

Moments later Eaves took a puck to the head and left the game.

“(Patrick) Eaves is on his way to the hospital to get x-rays,” said Ruff. “He took a pretty hard shot to the head. He’s had a previous injury there so we’re fairly concerned.”

Eaves suffered a concussion and a broken jaw after being hit by a Roman Josi slap shot in November 2011.

The Stars will also be without Ales Hemsky tonight when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Hemsky (lower body) played just three shifts in the first period Friday night.

“Hemsky is going to stay back (in Dallas) too,” said Ruff. “He’s going to miss some time so it’s been a tough night on the injury front.”

Colorado has won all three meetings between the two clubs this season including a 3-2 shootout victory 11 days ago.

AHL scoring sensation Morin will get opportunity with Stars


Can Travis Morin finally make an impression in the NHL?

In case you’ve never heard of Morin — and don’t worry if you haven’t; you won’t be alone — the 30-year-old forward has been a scoring sensation the past few seasons in the AHL with the Texas Stars. Yet for some reason he’s never been able to make the full-time leap to the show.

Yesterday, he was called up to Dallas, with whom he’s played just seven games since 2010-11, managing only one assist.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Morin has typically been used as a fourth liner in his call-ups, and [coach Lindy] Ruff said he would like to give him a bigger role in this call-up.

“I’ve got to put him in a position where he can try to have success. Play him 12 or 13 minutes, put him on the second power play,” Ruff said. “The only chance they really have of succeeding is if they get minutes to get something done. If you bring a highly skilled guy up and he plays six minutes on your fourth line, there’s not really much chance to make an impression. I want to look at what he can do, especially on special teams for us.”

In practice, Morin was skating between former Texas teammate Curtis McKenzie and veteran winger Erik Cole.


We wrote about Morin in August and have been looking forward to seeing what he can do, should an opportunity present itself.

The Stars host the Devils Saturday.

Top 5 AHL scorers

1. Charles Hudon, Hamilton, 27 points (9G, 18A)
2. Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids, 26 points (11G, 15A)
3. Jason Williams, Oklahoma City, 26 points (9G, 17A)
4. Chris Bourque Hartford, 24 points (11 G, 13A)
5. Travis Morin, Texas, 24 points (10 G, 14A)

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Looking to make the leap: Travis Morin


It’s not often you hear of a 30-year-old “looking to make the leap” into the NHL. But then, there aren’t many 30-year-olds who have scored as many points in the AHL as Travis Morin has over the past few seasons, with only seven NHL games on his résumé.

Morin’s 2013-14 season was his best as a professional. The Minnesota native had 88 points (32G, 56A) in 66 regular-season games with the Texas Stars. He then added 22 points in 21 playoff games, on the way to a Calder Cup championship.

For his efforts, he was named both the regular-season MVP of the AHL and the playoff MVP. And according to the Dallas Morning News, with Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller having moved on to different organizations, the Stars believe Morin “could be among the first call-ups” next season.

The challenge for Morin will be cracking a Dallas roster that doesn’t exactly have a shortage of scorers in its top six. The organization is also stocked with a number of good, younger forwards, who will similarly be looking to make the leap next season.

“They tell me I need to just get quicker and make plays faster, and I think that’s what I started to do this year” Morin told NHL Live in June. “Hopefully it leads to something next year.”

PHT Morning Skate: Lundqvist still replaying Martinez’s Cup-winning goal in his head


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist knows that eventually he’ll get to a point where he’ll stop replaying Alec Martinez’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in his head, but it hasn’t happened yet. “It kills you, but you just have to get up and try and do it again,” he said. (Newsday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun the process of interviewing potential head coaches. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

An overtime goal by Travis Morin in Game 4 has put the Texas Stars just one victory away from winning the Calder Cup. (

The Colorado Avalanche have set themselves up for another potentially heated round of negotiations with forward Ryan O’Reilly after filing for club-elected arbitration, but is keeping him even in their best interests? (Denver Post)

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault admitted that he’s got a player he’s leaning towards when it comes to who he will select to serve as the team’s new captain, but he isn’t ready to reveal his choice. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is believed to be the frontrunner though. (Newsday)

What’s in store for the Calgary Flames this summer? (Calgary Sun)

PHT Morning Skate: Rangers broke record while staying alive

The 2014 playoffs aren’t over yet. The Los Angeles Kings have another opportunity to win the Cup on Friday, but we’re highlighting headlines from around the hockey world this morning:

The New York Rangers broke an NHL record by winning their eighth consecutive elimination game at home. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been particularly dominant over that stretch. (

Travis Morin found the back of the net on Wednesday to lead the AHL Texas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps. Texas now has a 2-1 lead in the Calder Cup Final. (

The Flyers have signed 29-year-old forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. He’s never played in North America, but his versatility and ability to kill penalties caught Philadelphia’s attention. (CSN Philly)

Despite the rumors to the contrary, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello doesn’t think defenseman Adam Larsson will bolt to Sweden. His entry-level contract is over after three trying seasons with New Jersey. (The Star-Ledger)

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford thinks this summer’s trade market could be very active, although Pittsburgh might not be a major player in it. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cory Schneider has begun contract talks with the Devils and is insisting that he isn’t making any demands in terms of playing time. (The Bergen Record)