Red Wings Trade Prospect To Blackhawks For F Brendan Perlini

They're mired in an eight-game skid.

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October 28, 2019 - 7:19 pm

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The Red Wings are in a rut, and Steve Yzerman is trying to pull them out of it. 

Detroit traded 19-year-old defenseman Alec Regula to the Blackhawks on Monday in exchange for 23-year-old winger Brendan Perlini. A first-round pick (12th overall) in 2014, Perlini will have a chance to play right away for the Wings. 

Perlini scored 12 goals in 46 games with the Blackhawks last season, and 17 goals in 74 games the season before that with the Coyotes. The Red Wings are desperate for more scoring, particularly in their bottom six. Perlini brings size, too, at 6'3, 210 lbs., which doesn't bode well for the recently-recalled Evgeny Svechnikov. 

In Regula, a Bloomfield Hills native, the Red Wings gave up a 6'4 defenseman who they drafted in the third round in 2018. He seemed to be coming along well, increasing his offense in his third year in the OHL. He'll likely be in the AHL by next season. 

But the Wings have lost eight straight since starting the season 3-1, and they rank second to last in the NHL in goals per game. Maybe Perlini can give them a spark.