On Thursday night the Chicago Blackhawks acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2014 Draft.
The Islanders have reportedly retained half of the salaries of both players.
Regin, 27, is playing out a one-year contract with a $750,000 cap hit. He has two goals and five assists in 44 games while winning only 41.5 percent of his faceoffs this season. In Regin, the Blackhawks are adding a center with decent size (6-2, 195) who is a good puck possession player. The Islanders rank 25th in the NHL in team Corsi For % at 48.4% but Regin’s Corsi For % of 51.8% ranked second on the Islanders. By comparison, the Blackhawks rank 2nd in the NHL in team Corsi For % at 55.8%.
Regin was a third round pick by Ottawa in 2004.
Bouchard, 29, posted four goals and five assists in 28 games with the Isles this year.
He was the eighth overall pick in the 2002 Draft, and had spent his entire career in the Minnesota organization before signing a one-year, $2M deal with the Islanders for the 2013-14 campaign. He established a career high with 63 points in 2007-08, but was limited to only 96 combined games over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons because of injuries. He was loaned to Bridgeport of the AHL on December 10.
Bouchard and center Brandon Pirri have both been assigned to Rockford on Thursday night.
Chicago had two picks in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft; one of the three picks they acquired from Toronto in the Dave Bolland trade was a fourth in this summer’s draft.
The NHL has a pre-Olympics roster freeze set for 2 pm CT on Friday.