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Peter Regin

Blackhawks assign Regin, Leighton to AHL


Both Michael Leighton and Peter Regin cleared waivers on Sunday and are off to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League according to Chris Kuc.

Regin, 28, split last season between the Blackhawks and Islanders.

The center suited up in 44 games for New York scoring two goals and seven points.

Regin was dealt to the Blackhawks along with Pierre-Marc Bouchard on Feb. 6 along with a fourth-round pick in 2014.

In 17 games for the Blackhawks last season Regin scored two goals and four points.

Leighton, originally a sixth round pick of the Blackhawks in 1999, spent last season in the KHL where he posted a 20-15-6 record.

According to Kuc, the Blackhawks roster is now down to 27 players.

Teams have to be down to the 23 man roster by 5pm eastern time on Oct. 7.

Isles call up Strome, expected to make NHL debut versus Coyotes

Ryan Strome

Fresh off a very much-needed win in San Jose, the New York Islanders have officially called up forward Ryan Strome from AHL Bridgeport.

It’s expected Strome, 20, will make his NHL debut Thursday in Phoenix versus the Coyotes. The AHL’s leading scorer (nine goals and 24 assists) was originally set to play last night against the Sharks, but poor weather on the East Coast and time constraints got in the way.

Newsday explains:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard cleared waivers at noon EST yesterday, and Strome could not be officially recalled until then. Players cannot travel before their official recall, so Strome would have had to catch a flight (or more likely two), fly cross country all day and then try to jump into the lineup Tuesday night.

Strome was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Related: Capuano reportedly not seen as problem

Snow ‘looking at all our options’ as Isles approach 10 games without a win


Suffice to say, frustrated Islanders fans are hoping general manager Garth Snow is considering more changes than just waiving Pierre-Marc Bouchard and calling up Ryan Strome.

This is, after all, a team that’s winless in nine and 10 points back of a playoff spot. Surely there’s more that can be done.

If there is, Snow hasn’t been willing to talk about it publicly.

“We’re looking at all our options,” he said Sunday in conversation with Newsday. “The one thing we don’t do, whether it’s with the coaches or the players, is discuss conversations with anyone in the media. All the interactions I have with our team remain private.

“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level. I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step. Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.”

If the Isles lose tonight in Anaheim, their winless streak will reach 10, which just so happens to match the number that led to former coach Scott Gordon’s dismissal in 2010.

Could current bench boss Jack Capuano receive a similar fate? Anything’s possible, we suppose; however, the Isles still have games in San Jose and Phoenix before they return home, and how often do you see a coach fired in the middle of a road trip?

And to be fair to Capuano, the Isles haven’t played dreadfully in their past few games, which have come against tough opponents in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

Unfortunately for the 8-17-5 Isles, it’s going to take a comeback bordering on the miraculous to salvage the season. We’re talking a record in the neighborhood of 32-15-5 in their final 52 games to make the playoffs. Maybe they can get away with a few more losses if the Metropolitan Division keeps under-performing the rest of the NHL. But you get the picture — the damage has been done, and it’s considerable.

Related: Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss

Isles shakeup: Bouchard waived, Strome to debut?


The struggling New York Islanders made a significant move on Monday, putting veteran forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers in a move designed to bring Ryan Strome — the fifth overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — up from AHL Bridgeport, according to Newsday.

Bouchard, 29, was signed as a free agent this summer to a one-year, $2 million deal. Though his offensive production hasn’t been terrible — four goals and nine points in 28 games — he’s minus-9 on the year and has seen his ice-time dwindle lately (he played a season-low 10 minutes against Pittsburgh last Tuesday.)

Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that once Bouchard clears waivers or is picked up by another team, Strome will join the Islanders.

For many, this is an exciting development. Strome was part of a stellar top-five crop at the ’11 Draft — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went first overall, followed by Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau and Adam Larsson — and the former OHL Niagara standout has been tearing it up with AHL Bridgeport this season.

Strome, 20, leads the league in scoring with 33 points in 23 games, which includes a league-high 24 assists. He’s impressed in each of the last two Islander training camps and now appears primed to make his NHL debut, which could come on Tuesday when the Isles take on the Sharks in San Jose.

Isles push past Penguins 4-3


The Pittsburgh Penguins brought a 2-1 lead into the middle of the third period Friday night, but a flurry of goals gave the New York Islanders an eventual 4-3 win.

Frans Nielsen tied things up 2-2 12:46 into the final frame, but Deryk Engelland regained Pittsburgh’s lead 16 seconds later. Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it 3-3 less than a minute after that Engelland tally and that Josh Bailey scored the game-winner with less than two minutes left.

Nielsen is on fire, by the way, with a blistering six points (two goals, four assists) in his last two games. His 14 points in 2013-14 ties him with Steven Stamkos.

The Penguins weren’t the only people stunned after this game, as New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple captures.

The Islanders broke a two-game losing streak while the Penguins find themselves in a two-game losing streak of their own.