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Reports: Former Coyotes F Brendan Perlini seeks trade from Blackhawks

Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Just a year after he was traded by the Arizona Coyotes to the Chicago Blackhawks, former Arizona Coyotes first-round pick Brendan Perlini has requested a trade.

The news was first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Thursday and confirmed in a story by NHL.com’s Tracey Myers on Friday.

“[Agent] Darren Ferris has something else on his to-do list, and that is to try and find a new home for his client Brendan Perlini of the Chicago Blackhawks,” McKenzie said in the TV segment Insider Trading. “You may remember that Perlini came over to Chicago from Arizona along with Dylan Strome. But he’s not been able to establish himself in Chicago and he’s only played one game so far this year, played less than eight minutes.

“And so Ferris and the Hawks have agreed that they’re going to try to find a new home for him. Something to keep an eye on.”

This season, Perlini has gotten in only one game for the Blackhawks, who have played eight games as a team total. In that one game, he played only 7:49 and had one shot on goal. He was even used in a practice at one point as a defenseman, as implied by a tweet from a Blackhawks reporter.

Perlini was drafted 12th overall in 2014 and was a promising prospect for the Coyotes. He did well his rookie season, scoring 14 goals in only 57 games and increased that goal total to 17 the next year.

His time in Arizona ran out, though, when he was traded last season along with fellow first-round pick Dylan Strome to Chicago for Nick Schmaltz. So far this year, Schmaltz leads the Coyotes with nine points. He has eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 26 games since joining Arizona.

“Yeah, we’ve been exploring options,” Perlini told Myers. “I think a lot of that stuff is between myself and the team, myself and the agents. I let them handle it. I just continue to play.”


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