The New York Islanders are sitting in last place in the Atlantic Division, while the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to add depth for another Stanley Cup run. Last night news broke that the two teams have reached a deal. The Islanders have sent center Peter Regin and center Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Blackhawks in exchange for a 2014 4th round draft pick.
This could be just the start of Islander players being moved. The Islanders have attempted to resign two star players, only to be told no thank you by them. Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald will most likely be moving off the island. If Garth Snow is starting a fire sale he has until 3pm today to get it burning. There is a roster freeze setting in for the Winter Olympics.
I’m not completely sure what the Blackhawks saw in their new players. Regin has two goals and seven points in 44 games, but had not dressed since last Friday. I’m guessing he will be an emergency player for Chicago. The bigger question to me is the addition of Bouchard. Before the trade he was stuck playing in the AHL for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Islander waived him after dressing him only 28 times. Bouchard has only 9 points in the season.
His is a better look at the players involved in this trade.
- Drafted in the 3rd round (2004) Ottawa Senators
- 2009-2010 was his best NHL year. 13G, 16A , 75GP
- Regin has played in 222 games, and is a -5 for his career
- Drafted in the 1st round (2002) Minnesota Wild
- 2007-2008 was his best NHL year. 13G, 50A, 81GP
- Bouchard has played in 593 games, and has 356 points.
After taking a closer look at this trade it seems that Bouchard may have been the target of this trade. He seems to have the ability to fill in on a third line is needed. As a side note to this deal the Islander retain half of the players cap hits and salaries.