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Report: Morin to Blackhawks - play me or trade me

Buffalo Sabres v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 11: Jeremy Morin #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Andre Benoit #61 of the Buffalo Sabres watch for the puck during the NHL game on October 11, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Jeremy Morin has a simple message for the Chicago Blackhawks: they either need to play him or trade him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 23-year-old might want to be a little more descriptive with his request, though.

In the 15 games he’s played in 2014-15, Morin hasn’t even averaged eight minutes per appearance. It’s difficult to critique the Blackhawks for giving him limited playing time considering his lack of production (zero points, 15 penalty minutes and 28 shots on goal).

He has 54 games of NHL experience, yet those contests are spread out over a five-year period.

It has all the makings of a depth-related divorce, yet the Sun-Times points out that he was saying all the right things about a month ago ... at least on the record.

“It’s not easy, for sure, but at the same time there’s nothing positive or good coming from being frustrated and getting down on yourself,” Morin said. “It doesn’t help anybody out, it doesn’t help yourself out, and you’re not going to get where you want to be. I want to be here every night, and to do that, I need to work through it and just work through all those times when I’m not playing, and make the most of when I am.”

The Blackhawks can’t send Morin to the minors without risking losing him to a waiver claim.

That leaves the 45th pick of the 2009 NHL Draft in that awkward hockey purgatory where he’s too good to play in the AHL but can’t quite get it done with the Blackhawks. Obviously, he thinks he might be able to do it somewhere else, though.