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Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s Trade Deadline Deals

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Peter Regin (12) with the puck during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

February 6, 2014: Chicago Blackhawks acquire F Peter Regin and F Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Rangers for 2014 fourth-round pick

Assessment: The Blackhawks were looking for some center depth, relying on Michal Handzus, a brief Brandon Pirri audition, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and others.

Regin was to provide the Blackhawks a third-line center. Regin was a highly-rated prospect out of Denmark. He played professional hockey in Europe before coming to the NHL. Regin appeared in 17 regular-season games with the Blackhawks, recording two goals and two assists while averaging 10:35 of ice time during the regular season. He appeared in five playoff games, recording zero points and seeing his ice time increase to 11:35 minutes per game. Regin never became a consistent option as Joel Quenneville went to Shaw over him at center.

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Regin was re-signed in 2014 and spent the majority of the year at Rockford.

Bouchard was once a top prospect in the Minnesota Wild system. He scored 20 goals and recorded 37 assists for the Wild back in 2006-07. When the Blackhawks acquired Bouchard, his scoring days were about done. In 28 games with the Islanders that season, he recorded four goals and five assists. Bouchard spent his entire tenure with the Blackhawks organization at Rockford.

The Islanders used their fourth-round pick on goaltender Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has spent the last two seasons in the KHL. He spent his first year with Moscow Spartak and last season with St. Petersburg SKA. He was 3-0-3 with a .917 save percentage and 2.33 goals-against average.

The ’Hawks got some production from Regin and didn’t lose much in the process.

Grade: B

March 2, 2014: Chicago Blackhawks acquire a 2016 fifth-round pick and 2014 third-round pick from the Florida Panthers for F Brandon Pirri

Assessment: Pirri was supposed to be the second-line center of the future for the Blackhawks. He was a second-round pick with obvious offensive talent. Pirri did not make the Blackhawks roster out of training camp and was sent back to Rockford. Pirri would spend 28 games with the Blackhawks in 2013-14, averaging 12:15 minutes of ice time. He recorded six goals and five assists. Despite the numbers, the Blackhawks coaching staff did not like Pirri’s defensive game. He was traded to Florida. Since joining the Panthers, he has 38 goals and 21 assists and 0 rating. He averages 14:41 minutes of ice time.

The pick the Blackhawks received from the Panthers in 2014 was traded to San Jose along with their first-round pick in 2014 for the 20th and 179th picks in the 2014 draft. The Blackhawks selected Nick Schamltz from the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL with the 20th overall pick and Ivan Nalimov of SKA St. Petersburg with the 179th pick.

The deal right now favors the Panthers because Pirri is producing while the Blackhawks are still waiting to see how their two picks pan out. Pirri did not fit in the Blackhawks’ plans. The grade could change on this one.

Grade: C

March 4, 2014: Chicago Blackhawks acquire D Mathieu Brisebois and D David Rundblad from the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2014 second-round pick

Assessment: Rundblad was acquired to a be young puck-moving defenseman. Puck-moving defensemen are like rare diamonds in the NHL. The Coyotes got Rundblad from Ottawa, who got him from St. Louis for Kyle Turris and a pick that turned into Vladimir Tarasenko. Rundblad would appear in five regular-season games and average 8:20 of ice time right after the trade. In 2014-15, Rundblad appeared in 49 regular-season games, averaging 12:48 of ice time. He recorded three goals and 11 assists. In the playoffs, he only appeared in five games and did not record a point.

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Rundblad was barely used in 2015 after signing a two-year contract. He appeared in nine games before being waived and ultimately loaned to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National A League for the remainder of the year. Brisebois was an undrafted free agent. He has spent the majority of his time in the ECHL.

Phoenix selected Christian Dvorak, a left wing from the London Knights of the OHL. Dvorak has spent the majority of his time in the OHL. He did appear in two AHL games last season.

Rundblad was not a factor in the playoffs and didn’t really have a positive impact on the team, becoming more of a frustration as time went on, especially after his two-year deal this offseason.

Grade: D

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