The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres for the Kings' second-round picks in 2014 and 2015. Regehr had a no-movement clause but agreed to waive it when asked by the Sabres, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Monday. The deal is contingent upon Regehr passing a medical exam.
Regehr's name has been mentioned more frequently in the last week as the deadline loomed and the Kings were in need of some defensive depth, particularly with Matt Greene still on the shelf with an injury.
Two second-round picks may be a bit of a steep price to pay for Regehr, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The second round is an area where teams can still add high-upside prospects, but when that team is looking to defend the Stanley Cup, it might be worth the sacrifice.
Regehr has appeared in 931 games over his NHL career and should provide a steady, stay-at-home style that will help Los Angeles immediately. He averaged more than 18 minutes a night for Buffalo this season and has been credited with 65 hits and 50 blocked shots. Regehr had two assists in 29 games with the Sabres this season.
For Buffalo, this deal, along with that of Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues, could signal the beginning of a looming fire sale as a rebuild looks imminent.