Peter Regin

Blackhawks’ Regin signs in KHL


Pending unrestricted free agent Peter Regin has signed a one-year deal with Jokerit in the KHL.

Regin was on a one-year $650,000 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks this season.

The 29-year-old appeared in four games with the ‘Hawks registering an assist.

Regin also played in 69 regular season games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League scoring 10 goals and 31 assists. He added three points in five Calder Cup playoff games.

Originally a third-round selection (87th overall in 2004) of the Senators, Regin appeared in 243 regular season NHL games with Ottawa, the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks registering 23 goals and 67 points.

Jokerit’s roster features a number of former NHLers including Linus Omark, Niko Kapanen, Niklas Hagman Jere Karalahti and Ossi Vaananen.

Steve Moses, the club’s leading goal-scorer this season, recently signed a one-year deal with the Nashville Predators.

Frustrated Teravainen says AHL ‘not my type of hockey’


The Blackhawks have called up a number of players from AHL Rockford this season, but their No. 1 prospect — Teuvo Teravainen — hasn’t been among the recalls.

And that’s not sitting very well with the 20-year-old Finn.

“I just try to play here [in Rockford],” Teravainen said, per ESPN Chicago. “I know it’s pretty hard playing here. It’s different hockey. It’s not my type of hockey maybe, AHL hockey.

“I think there’s a difference with NHL hockey and AHL hockey. I’m just trying to do my job here and play my best.”

Teravainen’s production has been decent in his first full season in North America — he has two goals and 10 points in 17 games for the IceHogs — but he’s clearly not pleased with where or how he’s playing (“I need some points,” he said. “Of course, I’m not too happy.”)

What’s more, the Blackhawks have routinely gone to the farm this season to replace injured NHLers, without calling on Teravainen. That means the likes of Philip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom and Peter Regin have all seen time in Chicago ahead of Teuvo.

This is a familiar problem for the ‘Hawks. Several top-flight prospects have felt stymied before due to the club’s remarkable depth at forward; Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes are now in Florida while Kevin Hayes, the club’s first-round pick in 2010, balked at signing and joined the Rangers as a free agent this summer instead.

Despite this history, the ‘Hawks insist they’re going to keep being patient with Teravainen.

“I think that’s the biggest word — patience with the process,” Rockford GM Mark Bernard explained. “Teuvo is coming over [from Finland]. He’s 20 years old. This is a foreign country for him. He’s left a lot behind, his family. He’s learning the game on a smaller ice surface where things develop and happen a lot quicker.

“I think he’s right on track.”

After adding Richards, ‘Hawks still have questions at 2C


When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Brad Richards this summer, it was seen as a temporary solution to the team’s issues at second-line center. (The issue being they didn’t have a very good one, at least relative to some of the other Stanley Cup contenders in the Western Conference.)

But Richards, even if he does have nine points in 16 games, hasn’t really been the solution. In fact, coach Joel Quenneville has only seen fit to play the 34-year-old for around 12 minutes a night.

Meanwhile, another 2C candidate, Andrew Shaw, has similarly failed to impress the coach, particularly on the defensive side of the ledger.

“We’re still, last year, this year, trying to get that nailed, the part of his game where everyone can play the right way without the puck,” Quenneville said of Shaw, per CSN Chicago. “It’s not an easy job, playing low in your own end. But if you nail that, the other stuff takes care of itself.”

And so the 2C issue remains. Teuvo Teravainen is the future, but he’s being developed in the minors. The only other options at center are Peter Regin and Marcus Kruger. Maybe GM Stan Bowman could explore a trade, but he’d have to free up some cap space to go after, say, Arizona’s Antoine Vermette.

It may be the ‘Hawks just have to go with what they’ve got. They won the Stanley Cup in 2013 with an aging Michal Handzus in the 2C role. It’s certainly not out of the question they could do it with Richards.

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.

Teuvo timeout: Chicago sends Teravainen to AHL


Many in the hockey world envision Teuvo Teravainen as the Chicago Blackhawks’ next big thing, but it appears that will have to wait. The team demoted Teravainen and Klas Dahlbeck to their AHL affiliate on Saturday.

Some are disappointed to see the flashy 20-year-old go down with the Rockford IceHogs, especially those who aren’t too pleased that Dan Carcillo’s signing also seemed to knock depth forward Peter Regin out of the mix as well. However you feel about Carcillo, it’s easy to see the logic regarding the move: Teravainen would likely struggle for ice time (and maybe Joel Quenneville’s trust) with the big team but he’s likely to be a go-to guy for the IceHogs.

(Side note: it feels weird to type “IceHogs” on quite a few levels.)

Naturally, there’s always the chance that he’ll jump back up and be a difference-maker later on in the season or perhaps even in the playoffs.

Until then, Blackhawks fans can daydream about the possibilities while checking out these highlights from his preseason work: