Robin Regehr finally spoke to the media regarding his decision to not waive his no trade clause, and will for the time being remain in Calgary as a member of the Calgary Flames.
This from the Calgary Sun:
It’s a no to Buffalo — for now.
But really, Robyn Regehr’s decision not to waive his no-movement clause on the day of the NHL Entry Draft is more about making sure when he does, it’s the right decision.
The Calgary Flames defenceman explained his thought process minutes before the first round began Friday night after speaking with general manager Jay Feaster about the deal pending between the Flames and Sabres — which needed Regehr’s approval to proceed.
“I can’t waive unless I see options. I had no options, really, other than this deal. There was never anything other than that. It was a yes or no type thing,” said Regehr, who envisioned a dialogue and the ability to work with the Flames to find a deal that worked for both player and team.
That’s still a possibility.
“It’s a huge, important decision. I just wanted to make sure I explore as many options as possible,” said Regehr, who also didn’t rule out the Sabres in the future after having multiple discussions with GM Darcy Regier over the last few days.
“Darcy Regier has been fantastic,” Regehr said.
“We need to explore all our options. It sounds like Buffalo is great … but until we see what’s all out there, we can’t make a real good informed decision that we’re comfortable with.”
Buffalo has in the past come across to players like making out with your sister, an awkward situation for any normal person. Most of the time when a player snubs the Buffalo Sabres by signing elsewhere or refusing to waive a NTC – it changes that kissing your sister feeling into kissing your sister in church type feeling.
I dont necessarily get that from this deal. The guy obviously had a no trade clause (which I think is utterly ridiculous in the first place, if you can’t handle being traded in this industry, grow a pair). The guy is 31 and has only played in Calgary – he would like the chance to win a Cup and he probably realizes his career is probably coming to a conclusion – not everyone can play into their late thirties.
He might like the idea of coming to Buffalo; but doesn’t think that the Sabres are close enough to be contenders. Now obviously if its the Sabres, Islanders, and Panthers that make deals for Regehr, he would obviously come to Buffalo. I can’t see that he would stay in Calgary beyond this season, that would be too much like wearing your moms underwear.
I don’t want to completely close the idea about Regehr coming to the Sabres, but at the same time I don’t want to give him all summer to decide, we have a championship to build after all.