Just days before the Olympic break, the Chicago Blackhawks made a deal with the New York Islanders that brought Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin to their organization. Bouchard was sent down to the minor league Rockford IceHogs while Regin is still with the big league team. Regin is currently set to be the Hawks’ second-line center, but is he really the center the Hawks need?
The Danish centerman is starting to gel with the team. When he made his debut, he had to get to Arizona as soon as possible because the Hawks had to play the Phoenix Coyotes. Strangely enough, you would think that it wouldn’t help him. But Regin actually thought it was good timing. With many of the Hawks away for the Olympic break, it’s given him time to get used to his surroundings and teammates.
But Regin will be playing alongside Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane. Since Kane is one of the best in the world, it remains to be seen if Regin can keep up with him. Before Regin, it was Michal Handzus, whose age has slowed him down and hindered Kane’s ability. After Handzus was Brandon Pirri, who has been inexplicably mishandled by head coach Joel Quenneville, which has led to trade rumors surrounding him.
It’s not like Regin’s job is going to get any easier. The Hawks’ first game after the break is against Regin’s old rival, the New York Rangers. Don’t expect the Ranger fans to give the former Isle a warm welcome. After that, it will be against the dangerous Pittsburgh Penguins out on the Soldier Field ice.
Will Regin be the centerman the Hawks need? That remains to be seen. Given that he’s only got one game under his belt with this team, it’s not much of an indication of what he’s going to bring. Personally, I would prefer Pirri, but Quenneville hasn’t been very accommodating to him. For now, it remains to be seen if Regin can fill the second-line center role or simply be a depth move.