It was reported on Thursday that the Blackhawks and winger Brendan Perlini were in agreement that a trade would be ideal for both sides. Speaking with Scott Powers of The Athletic (subscription required), the 23-year-old confirmed the trade request due to a lack of playing time. He has played just once so far this season and with Kirby Dach up with Chicago now, Perlini appears to be 14th on the depth chart so more playing time doesn’t appear to be on the horizon despite the fact he has scored at least 14 goals in each of his first three NHL seasons. Powers notes that the asking price is believed to be a draft pick although with only four teams being more than five contracts under the 50-contract limit, a player-for-player swap may be a likelier scenario.
Elsewhere out West:
- While Blues winger Sammy Blais missed Thursday’s game after suffering a thumb injury back on Monday, head coach Craig Berube told Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Blais could return for one of their upcoming games this weekend. The youngster has already surpassed his 2017-18 output with five points in his first nine games so far this season.
- Jets winger Mason Appleton was seen in crutches and a walking boot, effectively ruling him out of Saturday’s Heritage Classic against Calgary, notes Ken Wiebe of The Athletic (Twitter link). TSN’s Darren Dreger adds (via Twitter) that the injury is believed to be a week-to-week one and that it was sustained playing football before practice started. Appleton has played in nine games so far this season and has been held off the scoresheet. Winnipeg has 12 other healthy forwards on their roster so a recall isn’t necessarily required.
- Kings defenseman Derek Forbort took to the ice for the first time as he works his way back from a back injury, mentions Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider (Twitter link). He’s still believed to be a long way from returning but this is a positive step for Los Angeles as Forbort is a key part of their back end while the 27-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July and will need to show he’s healthy and can still play a top-four role if he wants to beat his current $2.525MM AAV.
Perlini is still here? Who knew? All he’s good for it seems is melting ice.