The Chicago Blackhawks did a little last minute shopping on Thursday night before the NHL's Olympic trade freeze kicks in on Friday.
The team announced that it has acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun the Islanders will also be retaining salary in this deal, picking up half of the remaining contracts on both Regin and Bouchard.
Regin and Bouchard were the Islanders' two biggest free agent signings of the offseason and it's probably fair to say, given the return, that they didn't work out entirely as planned.
In 44 games Regin scored two goals to go with five assists for the Islanders, while Bouchard scored four goals to go with five assists in 28 games. Bouchard is currently playing in the American Hockey League where he has appeared in 20 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Regin was not in the lineup on Thursday during the Islanders' 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.
Even though neither player has put up impressive numbers for the Islanders this season they've both had flashes of success in the NHL and the cost to acquire them is minimal. Add in the fact that New York is picking up salary and it's a no-risk trade that has at least a little bit of upside.
The Blackhawks currently have the second best point total in the NHL with 85, trailing the Anaheim Ducks by one in the standings.