The Philadelphia Flyers are bringing back some of their toughness, inking Samuel Morin to a new one-year contract. The deal will carry a salary of $750K and keep the 6’6″ behemoth in the only organization he’s ever known.
Morin, 26, was at a career crossroads heading into this season and decided to try his hand on the wing. Though he was never expected to provide much offense at that spot, a midseason switch back to defense has seemingly extended his NHL career. The physical, fighting Morin has landed another contract and even though it’s only worth the league minimum, it keeps him in the league for the time being.
Beloved by his teammates, Morin shouldn’t be expected to play every night for the Flyers in 2021-22, but represents an option for head coach Alain Vigneault to insert at certain times. He probably isn’t even really penciled in as a seventh option, but more of a specialty that can come in and out as needed. With the roster makeover that GM Chuck Fletcher has attempted this summer, the team has new faces like Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen to eat up heavy minutes on the back end. Morin’s job will to be–to steal a phrase from Mike Babcock–6’6″ every day.