May 30, 2013, 5:01 PM EST
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with defenseman Robyn Regher on a two-year, $6 million contract extension.
Regehr was acquired from Buffalo at the deadline for a pair of second-round picks (2014, ’15), and has since appeared in 12 regular-season and 13 playoff games for Los Angeles, recording three total points.
The signing suggests the outlook for veteran blueliner Willie Mitchell is not good.
Mitchell, 36, has been battling a chronic knee problem that sidelined him for the entire season. In April, Kings GM Dean Lombardi said there was “legitimate concern” that Mitchell wouldn’t be able to return next season, either.
Regehr, 33, has mostly filled the role left by Mitchell, spending big minutes on the penalty kill while sitting third among defensemen in hits (26) and blocked shots (14).
In his prime, Regher was one of the NHL’s most effective shutdown defensemen, twice representing Canada at the Winter Olympics.
He also went to a Stanley Cup final with Darryl Sutter when both were with Calgary in 2004.
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