Peter Regin said he wanted to stay with the Chicago Blackhawks. With the team’s salary-cap situation, however, he knew he had to be patient and wait to see what transpired.
On Tuesday, the Blackhawks brought Regin back.
The Blackhawks re-signed Regin to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon worth $650,000. That contract, coupled with the one-year, $2 million deal the Blackhawks signed Brad Richards to later on Tuesday, puts the Blackhawks about $2 million over the $69 salary cap for 2014-15. General manager Stan Bowman said the Blackhawks “have some ideas” on what to do about that to get under the cap the next few months.
Regin not only wanted to return to Chicago, but he also wanted to get more of an opportunity with the Blackhawks. He wasn’t promised the latter, but he’s looking to get himself noticed with this chance.
“I haven’t talked to anyone from Chicago yet (about that) but I think with them re-signing me, they’re hoping I can play. But it’s also up to me to prove I belong in the lineup every night,” Regin said via conference call on Tuesday. “That’s all I’ve been asking is to get a shot.”
Regin may have a better shot since he’ll be here from the start this season. Regin was acquired from the New York Islanders in February, making his Blackhawks debut just prior to the Olympic break. He played sporadically during the regular season, getting more playing when the Blackhawks were without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane down the stretch. He played in five postseason games but, when Andrew Shaw returned from injury, Regin was out again.
Now Regin will be here from training camp on, and that can’t hurt. The rest, he said, is up to him.
“I think it’s going to benefit my chances to come in at camp and prove that I can play every night. But I haven’t gotten many promises; there aren’t many in hockey,” Regin said. “If you don’t perform, you don’t play. I hope to perform and play every game, that’s my goal.”