When the Los Angeles Kings hired Darryl Sutter back in 2011, there were immediately rumors linking LA and former Calgary Flames captain, Jarome Iginla. Recently, it looked like it might actually happen, but of course didn’t as Jarome ended up with the Pittsburgh Penguins alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
The Kings never really needed Iginla, as it appears they’ve found their scoring touch and Jeff Carter is scoring in bunches. They could, however, use a little help on defense.
Enter Robyn Regehr.
While with the Flames, Regehr was a force on the ice. He brought a physical presence to the blue line and could log big minutes if needed. The Flames only ever really moved the guy because they were over the cap and needed to free up space. Since the Flames traded Regehr to the Buffalo Sabres, Robyn has not been the same player. He’s struggled playing in the Sabres’ system, but there’s no denying he’s a solid NHL defenseman.
The Kings are currently sitting at 5th place in the Western Conference, but they’d probably like to be sitting a little higher. Getting into the playoffs is one thing, but getting to the Stanley Cup Finals is a whole different ball game. It would be wise of the Kings to load up on some defense before the April 3 trade deadline and solidify their roster for the playoffs. Who better than a guy who already knows Sutter and his system?
The Sabres are sitting close to the bottom of the league in the Eastern Conference, and it appears they have already shifted into “seller” mode with the trade of Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues. Regehr does have a no movement clause in his contract, but something tells me he wouldn’t mind waiving it to be reunited with his former coach AND have a legitimate shot of winning the Stanley Cup this year. The biggest problem the Kings would face the asking price. If Douglas Murray fetched to 2nd round picks, what is Regehr worth?
Regehr carries a $4 million cap hit for this year, but is a free agent at season’s end and could sign a more reasonable contract in the off season. Even if the Kings decide not to trade for him before the deadline, he is still a solid option to consider via free agency.
What do you think? Should the Kings place a call to Buffalo? Or do you think they already have?
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