The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday night that they had acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Blackhawks have been in search of a two-way forward and have been disappointed with the performance of a few young players on their team. Regin will remain with the Blackhawks, while Bouchard will be sent down to the teams' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
In 44 games with the Islanders this season, Regin has two goals and five assists. His career high for a point total is 29 back in 2009-2010 with the Ottawa Senators. The 27 year old from Denmark isn't expected to carry the workload, but he has been given a new chance and opportunity to prove what he can do with the skilled Blackhawks.
Bouchard has played in 28 games for the Islanders this season, recording four goals and five assists. The 29 year old was productive during his time with the Minnesota Wild, reaching the 60-point mark in 2007-2008. Although Bouchard will start at Rockford, he could work his way up to the Blackhawks roster after the Olympic break.
The Blackhawks also announced that they have assigned forward Brandon Pirri back to Rockford. Pirri has six goals and five assists in 28 games with the Blackhawks this season. The team has tried to give him several opportunities to center the second line, but it seems as if he is not quite ready for that challenge.
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