The New York Islanders traded forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.
This deal is the first of many general manager Garth Snow is expected to make before the trade deadline arrives on March 5th. A roster freeze will go in effect during the Olympic break which begins after Saturday’s games.
Neither Regin nor Bouchard contributed as much as expected when they acquired by the Islanders before the current season.
The 27-year-old Regin scored two goals and had seven points in 44 games this season. His plus/minus rating was minus-10.
Bouchard, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild, never really thrived on Long Island. He was originally expected to compete for a spot on the top line but that didn’t work out during the pre-season. In 28 games with the Isles, Bouchard scored four goals and accumulated nine points in 28 games. He had a minus-nine plus/minus rating. He was sent down to Bridgeport of the AHL after clearing waivers in December.
This was a minor trade in which Snow got something for two players that really never fit into the organization’s plans. It is likely the first of many deals to come before the deadline.
The Islanders recently made substantial offers to forward Thomas Vanek and defenseman Andrew MacDonald but neither player accepted the proposed contract. Both are considered part of the core of the team and both are now expected to be dealt before the trade deadline.
The Islanders finish up their pre-Olympic schedule tomorrow night at 7:00 PM when they host the Colorado Avalanche.
The Islanders activated defenseman Travis Hamonic off the injured reserve on Friday afternoon. Hamonic has been out of the lineup since January 12 with a concussion.