The Shell of Peter Regin
That guy skating around on a different line every game, you know the guy, number 13. The guy shoveling weak wristers at the net? Yeah, remember, he used to wear 43 back in (his) heyday, back when he cut his teeth with the Sens and scored 13 goals and 29 points in 75 games way back in 09-10, and continued, in the short six game post-season against the Penguins, to score four points as arguably the best Sens forward. The same dude who changed his number to 13 that summer, and has, coincidentally, been in and out of the lineup with busted ass shoulders ever since.
The Peter Regin story, ladies and gentlemen. A tale of sadness and talent lost, indeed.
Bryan Murray threw Regin a
danish bone THIS summer, signing the surgically repaired 26-year-old to a new one-year deal – a chance to reestablish himself and get his career back on the right direction. Unfortunately, after nine games, it appears as though the past shoulder trauma has taken its toll. Regin has played with almost every other player, in every situation (PK, PP, EV) in this young, stunted season, and has looked ineffectual in nearly every capacity. He seems timid, afraid to shoot, like the confidence he has in his shoulder(s) is lost. Sure, he moves around the ice with pace, and some argue that his possession numbers are quite favourable, citing new age “advanced statistics”, but what good is possession if it results in nothing, AKA Regin’s point total.
When Spezza backed out of the lineup, the lights were all green for Regin, he was given first crack at the top line with Michalek and Silfverberg and/or Alfredsson. It didn’t even last the game. Now Regin is down to 11:25 of average ice time on the year and each of his 15 shots of lesser consequence than the last. Reports from this morning’s game day skate suggest that Regin will centre a line between Greening and Neil – that oughta kick start the offense.
The clock is running out on Regin’s career, if he’s not producing goals, he’s not doing much of anything – he doesn’t have the “intangibles” to rely on, (body checking, shot blocking). Paul MacLean can’t keep inserting a square peg into a round hole. Can the Dane reg(a)in some of his former glory? It all depends – on his will, his confidence, his shoulders and the amount of slack he still has with his superiors.