LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles have acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the Kings’ second-round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Draft and the 2015 NHL Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced tonight.
The trade is contingent on Regehr passing a medical exam. In addition, Kings forward Dustin Penner has been placed on the injured reserve list (retroactive to March 31) due to a lower body injury.
“We will withhold comment on the trade until after the medical exam is completed,” said Lombardi.
Regehr, 32, has played in 29 games for the Sabres this year and has two assists and 21 penalty minutes. In 931 career regular season NHL games he has 170 points (30-140=170) and 879 penalty minutes with Buffalo and Calgary.
This was Regehr’s second season with the Sabres. He made his NHL debut with Calgary during the 2000-01 season and played 11 seasons overall with the Flames. The 6-3, 225-pounder was originally selected by Colorado in the first-round (19th overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft before being traded to Calgary during the 1998-99 season while playing in Kamloops of the Western Hockey League. During that same 1998-99 season, Regehr represented Canada at the 1999 World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal (7 GP, 0-0-0; 2 PIM) for the host country as the tournament took place in Manitoba.
Regehr made his NHL debut with Calgary during the 1999-00 season.
Regehr – who was born in Brazil -- has also played in 41 career postseason games, including 26 with the Calgary Flames during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs when that team, coached by Darryl Sutter, advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. His career postseason numbers: 15 points (3-12=15), 28 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating.
In addition to the silver medal he earned at the 1999 World Junior Championship, Regehr also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2005 World Championship in Austria.
The Kings visit the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow night at Jobing.com Arena at 7 p.m. to conclude a five-game road trip. The game will be broadcast on FS West and KTLK AM 1150. Regehr is expected to join the Kings in Los Angeles from the east coast.
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