Chicago Blackhawks Trade Brendan Perlini to Detroit Red Wings

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The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Brendan Perlini to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for the rights to prospect Alec Regula.

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Brendan Perlini Traded to Detroit Red Wings

The Blackhawks completed a trade Monday with the Red Wings. The Red Wings acquire forward Brendan Perlini in exchange for Alec Regula.

Key Players

In Perlini, the Red Wings get a player that has been inconsistent in his NHL career. His best year was his second in the league during the 2017-18 season when he tallied 17 goals and 13 assists in 74 games. At 6’3″, 211 pounds he has good size but seems to not apply himself at times. He tends to not finish off plays when he should and needs to learn to play a better two-way game. He signed a one-year contract for $874,000 with the Chicago club.

Over his three-year NHL career, Perlini has played for the Arizona Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks. In that time, he has 45 goals and 27  assists for 72  career points in 200 career games. The Arizona Coyotes originally drafted him in the first round, 12th overall of the 2014 NHL Draft.

According to Bob McKenzie of Perlini and his agent asked the Blackhawks for a trade. He has only appeared in one game for the 2019-20 season and that was for just eight minutes.

What This Means for the Future

Brendan Perlini fell from grace with the Coyotes and that was why he got traded along with Dylan Strome to the Blackhawks for Nick Schmaltz last season. While he has potential and size he needs to work harder if he intends to stay in the NHL. With him being traded to the Red Wings it may give him a fresh start. Some players excel when that happens and Strome is a perfect example of that. He struggled while with the Coyotes who gave him every chance to excel as a third overall pick. He went to Chicago and has flourished since then.

Perlini may be able to accomplish the same feat if he applies himself better and has the correct attitude on his new team.

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