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Regehr trade: Sabres rebuilding with eyes on playoff run next season

Apr 1, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

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The L.A. Kings needed a big, physical defenseman as they gear up for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Buffalo Sabres are sitting 13th in the Eastern Conference, slipping further and further out the playoff picture.

That resulted in defenseman Robyn Regehr waiving his no-trade clause and being dealt from Buffalo to L.A. on Monday.

Sabres beat reporter John Vogl of the Buffalo News caught up with Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, then posted segments of the conversation on Twitter.

“We have to be realistic about where we are and the direction we’re going, and in this … case it was important to take advantage of getting draft picks and to use those draft picks to build,” Regier told Vogl.

The deal, however, is contingent on the 32-year-old Regehr passing a physical, according to

“We will withhold comment on the trade until after the medical exam is completed,” Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told

  1. billsin20xx - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I just sincerely hope the Pegula’s are smart enough to get rid of Regier, he is the one constant of the last decade of losing…….

    • elemeno89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Do you want him to get fired because you just want to see someone else? Or are you taking this position based on his deals and signings. Because if it’s the latter getting a first rounder for Gaustad last season, two second rounders for Regehr, another second for Leopold all seem like pretty good moves for me. Not to mention Hodgson (who by the way was traded for for Kassian who just got sent to the AHL), Ehrhoff, and I’ll even put Leino (albeit slightly overpaid, but a better talented player than most).

      Don’t blame the GM for bringing in and signing players who under perform as it is them who under perform and don’t meet the expectations that resulted in the contract offer to begin with. Regier has made good moves for this organization, and calling for his head just to do so is wasting the air you breathe.

      • billsin20xx - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Sorry, but yes you do blame the gm for bring in players who underperform. His job is to get the right people, and obviously he can’t judge that. This team has sucked for years, they are a losers, we need a total makeover to change the attitude of the team.

    • elemeno89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Also the losing only dates to 2008. You know, the year after we WON THE PRESIDENTS TROPHY AND NORTHEAST DIVISION.

      • ihatethejets23 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        elemeno89 –

        I would avoid YELLING AT PEOPLE when you rattle off factually incorrect statements. In 2007-2008 the Red Wings won the President’s Trophy and in 2008-2009 it was won by the San Jose Sharks.

        TRY THINKING BEFORE YOU YELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • elemeno89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        I’m going to advise you read my statement again.

        “You know, the year AFTER we won the president’s trophy and the norhteast division.”

        As a whole my comment read we started losing in 2008, the year AFTER we won the President’s trophy (last time i checked 2008 came AFTER 2007, the year which we WON). You’re calling me the idiot when you didn’t even read my comment correctly. The caps were also for emphasis. I’m not yelling.

      • billsin20xx - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        So no matter how you try and word an answer, you think he is doilng a good job with a team that has only made the playoffs 4 times in the last 11 years, and hasn’t won a playoff series in 6 years?
        If you are happy with that you deserve Regier. For the money pegula spends, he deserves much better.

  2. kingsforever - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Seems that Deano is more cautious after Tambellini traded him Fraser (who was hurt) when you’re only allowed to trade healthy players

  3. buffalomafia - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    How are the Sabres gonna make a playoff run next year when they only have two guys that could score one being Vanek who might get traded?

    Fire Regeire!!!!!!!!!

    • billsin20xx - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Regier only has a few players on this team worth keeping, imho. The only ones I would want to see kept are Vanek, Errhof, Hodgsen, Ott, Foligno.. nobody else I would worry about losing.
      And now people want to give Regier another do over because he made two good trades? How about the asinine deal he made sending Brennan for a 5th rounder?
      Keep getting these draft picks so if we get a capable GM maybe he can deal them for a few players!

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