The Chicago Blackhawks added to their depth while the New York Islanders shed some salary in a deal last night that saw Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard leave Long Island in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 draft.
Bouchard is expected to head to the minors, while Regin will bring versatility to the Hawks, as he can play either center or the wing and plays a decent defensive game. Both players had been healthy scratches at times in New York and Bouchard’s $2 million salary was not smart money spent. The right winger was only signed by the team this summer.
Though this appears to be a money dump for the Islanders, they will retain half the salaries for both Regin and Bouchard in the deal, as the Hawks are up against the cap as it is.
In what is seen as a so-so draft, the fourth-rounder acquired by New York will only have value if the Islanders have a specific diamond-in-the-rough in mind, or if they package the selection in another deal.