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Trade: Kings acquire Regehr from Buffalo

Apr 1, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings have bolstered their blueline for a Stanley Cup defense, acquiring veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from Buffalo in exchange for a pair of second-round draft picks.

The trade, first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, was contingent upon Regehr waiving his no-trade clause to join the Kings.

The 32-year-old agreed, reuniting him with LA head coach Darryl Sutter — the pair went to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals together as members of the Calgary Flames.

In his prime, Regher was one of the NHL’s most effective shutdown defensemen, twice representing Canada at the Winter Olympics.

He was traded from Calgary to Buffalo in in 2011 but never seemed to fit with the Sabres (perhaps a testament to playing the 11 years of his career with the Flames and in the Western Conference.)

Regehr had just 1G-4A-5PTS in 2011-12 and saw his ice time dip to 18:38 per game.

This season, he had 0G-2A-2PTS in 29 games with almost identical TOI.

Regehr promises to fit in well with the Kings, though, reprising the veteran defensive role that Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene provided en route to last year’s Stanley Cup.

Both defensemen have been out of the lineup almost entirely this season — Mitchell has yet to play, Greene appeared just once — and while Greene may return to action, Kings GM Dean Lombardi recently said Mitchell’s return is a “long shot.”

Update: According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the second-round picks headed to Buffalo are in 2014 and ’15.

  1. elemeno89 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Wish him the best of luck. Too bad he didn’t fit in Buffalo, I loved his style of play and LA gets a good d-man out of this for pretty much nothing. As a Sabres fan, I would have loved for that Toffoli rumor to be true though…

    • elemeno89 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Need to rephrase, by pretty much nothing I meant by giving up something from the current roster. Two second rounders is a good return for the possible future.

  2. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Good pick-up; wish the Habs had gotten him. Solid, hard hitting guy!

  3. windmiller4 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    This just turned the kings into legit contenders. All we need now is for quick to catch fire again and they could do some serious damage come playoffs

    • blomfeld - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Contenders ?

      please note friend that we’re not contending for the cup … we Kings already “have” the cup ! :)

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        dumbfeld stop acting like you’ve always been this lifelong kings fan you continue to embarrass yourself every time you post . you’re an old codger from canada .

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        Already have the Cup? No, you won it last year, which counts for pretty much zero now. You still need 16 wins to get it again.

      • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Chuck … piss off you gay gizzard and take your flotsam elsewhere !

      • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        sober driver123 … so holding the Stanley Cup “counts for pretty much zero” then? … yeah sure, when you think about it, that does actually make a lot of sense … don’t take this personally pal, but are you like retarded or something?

  4. flyerguy73 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Anyone who gets out of buffalo is a great move on their part! Who want to be on a loser team like the sabres?

    • elemeno89 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Buffalo is a far better place to live than Killadelphia.

      • 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Philly is where playoff dreams go to die. At least in Buffalo you can blame Darcy Regier for ninety percent of the problem. In Philly, it’s everybody – the GM makes bad trades, the coach runs ineffective systems, and despite being spectacularly talented on paper, the players choke and underperform routinely – in no small part because every year (and hell, every few games it seems this season) they’re on a completely rearranged line with new players because Homer cut half the damn team the previous summer.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        lol lets not go too far here, yeah lots of parts of the delaware valley are indeed cesspools but anything is better then buffalo ny

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Really? We’re basically in the same spot in the standings. Don’t be stupid, you’re giving Philadelphians a bad name. Save the trash talk for another season.

      • vimmer85 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        This was not meant to be directed toward Phillyfanatic….., at least somebody knows when to pick a battle

    • vimmer85 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Oh, you mean loser Buffalo that sits one point behind your underachieving star studded Flyers? Save the stupid comments next time.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Jay Bo went for a lot

  6. qauzaq - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I’m stoked for this deal. DL gets it done again.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Kings are loaded on defense. Even though they have suffered some key injuries in the back, Regher is a veteran, stay at home defenseman who can really help them out. At least he can go to a Playoff team for the first time in his long career.

    Speaking of Defensemen, St. Louis acquired JayBo from Calgary for a first rounder and prospects…The times, they are a-changing in Calgary.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Yay! The west teams keep beefing up while the sharks keep getting even softer… Great pick up by the kings.

  9. The Hockey Fan - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Hockey Night in Canada made a good point the other night that I will use here. Lehner and Silvrberg for him. No thanks. I will take the futures over him.

  10. flyerguy73 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    You girls gotta get your panties out of a bunch. Bunch of idiots.

  11. kgun80 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Flyerguy73… You do realize the flyers are only 1 point ahead of the Sabres right.. Well probably not because from what I have seen you post in the past, I don’t even think you watch hockey you just like typing I guess. Do you watch hockey?

  12. buffalomafia - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Now fire the other Regeire!!!!(GM)

  13. flyerguy73 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Kpun how many playoff appearances have the sabres had in last six years? I watch the flyers every game, and I also watch the sabres In hopes that they lose. I just don’t like anything about the sabres. You can also get your panties out of the bunch that they are in. Isn’t it bedtime for you anyways?

  14. kgun80 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Are you 13?

  15. flyerguy73 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Close 14. No good comeback? That’s what I thought kpun.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      I bet you wearnt even alive the last time the flyers won the cup

  16. blomfeld - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM


    I’ve just come home to read about this excellent news … and to say that I’m “pleased” would be a gross understatement! What a terrific acquisition eh? :) I mean seriously, just like that our already “impenetrable” blue line corps becomes hockey’s version of the Siegfried Line! Yet here’s the kicker friends … Quick’s becoming his “old” self again faster than a Chinese delivery service! And you gotta love that man! :)


  17. kingsforever - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Blomfield Quick is crap. We should be moving forward with Bernier. And okkkaaaayyyy Philly apparently last years cup doesn’t man anything. Wake me when Schenn gets you a cup like Richie and Carts did for us 😉

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