Just two days before the NHL trade deadline, the Buffalo Sabres announced their second of three significant trades. Veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr was shipped to the reigning Stanley Cup champion LA Kings for a pair of 2nd round picks. A bitter sweet move for Regehr, leaving a city where his family had just settled in, to play for a contender, all worked out for the better.
Robyn Regehr has had a very solid NHL career. Feared by many forwards throughout the league, Regehr was drafted in the 1st round of the 1998 NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Regehr spent the majority of his career with the Calgary Flames, where he was an instrumental piece to the Flames Stanley Cup run in the 04/05 season.
When it was revealed the Flames were in rebuilding mode heading into the 2011-2012 season, Regehr (alongside Ales Kotalik and a 2nd round pick) were shipped to Buffalo for defenseman Chris Butler and prospect Paul Byron.
For the most part Robyn Regehr was a solid defenseman for the blue and gold. Although he rarely chipped in offensively, his defensive zone excellence and physicality were pretty tough to beat.
When the LA Kings traded for the veteran D-man, they had the perfect plan in mind…to pair him up with young star Drew Doughty. The pair has done wonders with the Kings thus far. Doughty is free to rush the puck, jump up into the play and put more focus on offense, as he knows Regehr will have his back on the defensive side. The D pair is a big reason on why the Kings have made it as far as they have, and maybe even be cup favorites to this point.
Although the price of two 2nd round picks may have been steep, it has been fully worth it for the LA Kings. They have gotten everything out of Regehr that they have asked for. The Kings are in the midst of another Stanley Cup run, and Regehr has been a big part of that. If the Kings are able to repeat as Cup champions, Regehr will most likely be brought back to LA, and rejoin a dynasty in the making.