Several days after allowing forward Brendan Perlini to seek a trade, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday night that the winger has indeed been dealt, heading to the Detroit Red Wings.
Perlini, acquired in the 2018 trade that sent Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes, had only appeared in one game for the Blackhawks this season after going through a protracted contract negotiation over the offseason.
In exchange, the Blackhawks received defenseman Alec Regula from the Red Wings.
Regula was a member of the 2016-17 Chicago Steel team that captured the USHL’s Clark Cup championship, scoring a goal and dishing out four assists in 53 games. Most recently he has been playing for the OHL’s London Knights, scoring four goals and handing out seven assists in 10 games so far this season.
Regula was a teammate of 2018 first round pick Adam Boqvist with the Knights, giving him some familiarity with one of the top defensemen in the Blackhawks’ farm system.
The 19-year-old blue liner is a big defenseman, standing 6-feet-4 inches and weighing 207 pounds, but he plays the game with finesse according to reports, with a strong wrist shot and a smart approach to the defensive side of the game.