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Chicago Blackhawks Trade Brendan Perlini for Alec Regula

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Brendan Perlini to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defensive prospect Alec Regula.

The Brendan Perlini trade rumors started this offseason, prior to Perlini signing a one year, $874,125 extension with the Chicago Blackhawks. Perlini played just one game with the Blackhawks this season and it was made apparent that he was not going to see any more ice time.

When speaking to the press last week, Perlini admitted that he asked the Blackhawks to trade him, and the Blackhawks obliged. Stan Bowman added yet another change of scenery trade to his resume.

In today’s trade, the Chicago Blackhawks obtained the rights to Alec Regula, a 19-year-old defenseman prospect currently playing with the London Knights of the OHL. The prospect is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-handed defenseman that has put up 11 points in 10 games with the London Knights (OHL).

Last year, Regula played with Blackhawks’ prospect Adam Boqvist and is currently playing with the San Jose Sharks’ 2018 first-round pick, Ryan Merkley.

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Alec Regula has yet to sign his entry-level contract. The Chicago Blackhawks have to sign him by July 1st, 2020 to retain his rights. As of now, the young defenseman will remain with the London Knights.

Regula is still young and developing, but it appears that the upside is there. Many were surprised to see the Blackhawks get this type of player in return for Brendan Perlini.

It is not because we didn’t expect Brendan Perlini to be traded, but rather that his trade value was seemingly at its lowest point. Blackhawks fans should be glad to see the addition of a right-handed defenseman, considering there aren’t many on the team. Jeremy Colliton deployed 6 left-handed defensemen against the Los Angeles Kings last night.

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