Stan Bowman decided to shake things up abit before the Hawks split up for the Olympics. The Blackhawks traded a 2014 fourth-round pick to the New York Islanders in exchange fro Peter Regin and Pierre- Marc Bouchard.
Regin will be joining the Hawks while Bouchard will be assigned to the Rockford Icehogs of the AHL. To make room for Regin the Hawks reassigned Brandon Pirri back to Rockford.
For the Isles this is a straight salary dump move for a team out of the playoffs in the East and looking at another high draft pick. For the Hawks this adds depth and potentially be a low risk, high reward move. Just like acquiring Michal Handzus last season.
Regin is 27 and was a third round pick in the 2004 draft. He has played in 222 NHL games and has tallied 62 (21 goals & 41 assists) points. In 44 games this season he has 2 goals and 5 assists.
Bouchard might be someone much more familiar to Hawks fans. Before this season he had spent 10 years in the Minnesota Wild organization. This season he has split time pretty evenly between the NHL and AHL. In 28 games he has 4 goals and 5 assists.
Once the team gets back together after the Olympic break I wouldn't be surprised to see Regin get a shot at being the second line center. He might just have the speed to skate alongside Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. If he can hold down the job then it might mean much less playing time for Handzus.
If he can't handle being the second line center it might mean more Andrew Shaw there and possibly moving Marcus Kruger to the third line and letting Regin and Handzus battle for playing time on the fourth line. This almost surely ends Pirri's season with the Hawks and it could mean an end to his time with the organization. We will have to wait and see on that one.
At least now, over the next 3 weeks we can speculate where Regin will fit in while watching terrific Olympic hockey.