A bit of late night breaking news as the New York Islanders have completed a trade less than 24 hours before the 16-day NHL Olympic trade freeze that begins at 3 pm on Friday.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow has sent center Peter Regin and center Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2014 4th-round pick.
The news of the trade was first broken by Arthur Staple of Newsday.
After both Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek rejected contract extension offers from the Islanders this week, the trade of Regin and Bouchard could be viewed as the beginning of a fire sale by snow who is expected to also deal Vanek and MacDonald prior to the NHL’s March 5 deadline.
In 28 games this season, Bouchard has just four goals and nine points. Regin has only two goals and seven points in 44 games played for a New York team that will likely miss the postseason after making it last season.
This trade may, or may not, be the beginning of a mini-flurry of deals that will occur before the aforementioned Olympic trade freeze that lasts from February 7 – 23. It will certainly be an interesting last few hours of trading that’s for sure.
More on this developing story as it breaks.