Peter Regin’s past few months with the Blackhawks were bittersweet.
The center, acquired two days before the Olympic break, got solid playing time late in the regular season and looked good during it. But be it due to numbers or the Blackhawks’ desire to play others before him, Regin didn’t get a consistent look during the postseason.
Now he wonders if he’s in the Blackhawks future plans.
Regin said he talked briefly with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on Tuesday, and he hopes to talk to him again soon. Otherwise, Regin’s uncertain what the future holds for him.
“We’ll see what happens. I would like to stay here,” Regin said as the Blackhawks met with the media during Tuesday’s exit interviews. “Everybody knows the situation; I’m unrestricted. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Indeed, Regin is an unrestricted free agent; he was just on a one-year deal worth $750,000. Regin has been through this UFA routine before; after playing his first five NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, they did not bring him back in the summer of 2013. But that experience didn’t last long as Regin signed with the Islanders on July 5, free agency’s opening day.
This time around, however, it’s more up in the air.
“I don’t know what the plan is here,” he said. “I would like to come back here. If I get a chance, I will probably jump on it.”
Despite the Blackhawks’ lack of depth up the middle, it’s uncertain if Regin will be part of the team’s future plans. He didn’t play in the postseason until Game 5 against Minnesota, when the Blackhawks needed to tap into their center depth while Andrew Shaw was injured. He had solid outings, but was benched again when Shaw returned.
It was tough going through that. But if Regin got another chance with the Blackhawks, he’d happily take it.
“It was really fun to be a part of such a good team and a winning team. The whole atmosphere around this organization, how the players treat everything, they expect to win every night. They expect to win the Cup every year. To be a part of that was really cool,” Regin said. “Obviously I would have liked to play more at times. Like every player you want to play as much as you can. At times, you probably feel that you should play more, but that’s the way it is. There are a lot of guys that want to play, and somebody has to sit out. Sometimes it’s disappointing. You just try to stay positive and work your way back in there.”