Peter Regin gets right to work for Blackhawks
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter February 8, 2014 12:44AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Less than 24 hours after being acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders, Peter Regin was centering the Blackhawks’ No. 2 line with Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg on Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
‘‘He gets a chance to play with a couple of nice players. We’re looking forward to seeing how he fits on our team,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said before the game. ‘‘He can help us. He’s got some speed.’’
Regin picked up 32 points in the standings and went from last place to first in less than a day. He’s excited about the opportunity.
‘‘I think I can fill in in many spots,’’ he said. ‘‘I can play most of the lines. I can play a solid two-way game. I haven’t produced as much as I wanted the last couple of years, but I can play a solid game. I think that’s why they brought me here.’’
Quenneville acknowledged the Hawks don’t know exactly what they have in Regin, a bit player who had been a healthy scratch in his last two games with the Islanders.
‘‘We’ll see,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘Let’s hope he can play offensive minutes, defensive minutes. I know defensively he’s responsible. And he’s got speed, which is kind of what we look for.
‘‘He gets a chance to play with some good players as well. It’s a good opportunity and at the same time we get to find out. I don’t think we know a ton about him. But we look forward to finding out.’’
Kane, Oduya out
The Hawks were without forward Patrick Kane, who attended the funeral of his grandfather in Buffalo, N.Y. Defenseman Johnny Oduya (lower-body injury) did not play.
It was the second consecutive game Oduya has missed, but Quenneville said the injury shouldn’t prevent him from playing with Sweden’s Olympic team in Sochi.
Miracle on Ice
On the opening day of the Winter Olympics, the Coyotes honored the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that stunned the world by beating the Soviet Union and winning the gold medal. Ten members of the team, including captain Mike Eruzione, long-time Minnesota North Star Neil Broten and Buzz Schneider, participated in a ceremonial puck drop.