Thursday, June 19, 2014
Agent: Regin expects call from Hawks soon
By Scott Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks have not informed forward Peter Regin yet whether they would like to negotiate a new contract, Regin's agent said on Thursday.
The Blackhawks acquired the 28-year-old Regin in a trade with the New York Islanders on Feb. 6. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"We had a brief discussion at the end of the season with Peter and [Blackhawks general manager] Stan [Bowman]," Regin's agent Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management said in a phone interview on Thursday. "Obviously, the Blackhawks have a lot of different things going on and a lot of different decisions to make. Peter is one of them, one of many. I think over the next week or 10 days we will learn about if and where he fits into the Blackhawks' plans going forward.
"He remains Chicago's property until July 1. They'll either sign him or he's an unrestricted free agent. From our point of view, we're comfortable where it's at."
Regin didn't play consistently for the Blackhawks and was often made a healthy scratch after arriving from the Islanders, but he had positive performances when he was in the lineup. He had a Corsi (shot differential) of better than 50 percent in 11-of-17 regular-season games. Regin, Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin also provided the Blackhawks with their most productive line late in the regular season.
Regin finished with two goals, two assists and was a plus-5 in 17 regular-season games and had zero points and was a minus-1 in five playoff games for the Blackhawks.
Regin said after the season he would like to re-sign with the Blackhawks. Oster said the same on Thursday, but he also believes Regin's role with the Blackhawks will have to be defined if he returns.
"Peter enjoyed the team, his teammates, the coaching, the organization," Oster said. "He said everything was top notch. I think as a player you always want to play, but he was understanding coming into the situation, coming into such a team and organization at the trade deadline and what it means earning the coach's trust and opportunity. I think he enjoyed it, and I think he was able to carve out his role as time went on.
"I think the big focus coming back Peter would want assurance and want to feel comfortable if he played in his capability and there would be a place for him. He certainly would like things to work out with Chicago subject to the assurance there's a role for him in Chicago."