The Buffalo Sabres have traded defenseman Robyn Regehr to the defending champion Los Angeles Kings for two second round picks, according to TSN.ca. The Kings wanted a veteran defenseman to shore up their blue line and it seems they got their man in the 32 year old Regehr. This marks the second veteran blue liner the Sabres have traded within the past few days after shipping Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. It seems I have some prognostication powers as Regehr was one of my top players the Sabres should trade before the deadline.
The Sabres’ trade strategy seems to be to acquire as many draft picks as possible. The Sabres have added one second round draft pick in this year’s draft (one from the Leopold trade), two fifth round picks in this year’s draft (a conditional from the Leopold trade and one from the TJ Brennan trade that happened earlier in March) and one second round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and 2015 NHL Draft (both from this trade). This puts the Sabres in a great position to move around the draft board this June during the 2013 NHL Draft.
In Regehr the Sabres lose a solid defender who never really fit in Buffalo. He was highly touted coming from the Calgary Flames but, for whatever reason, couldn’t rekindle that quality of play for the Sabres. Now, he will be a member of a Kings team that will be trying to make another run at the Stanley Cup.
Apparently the Sabres have liked what they’ve seen from recent call up Mark Pysyk enough to entrust him with more ice time. The Sabres also may call up 2009 3rd round pick Brayden McNabb to compete for the spot left open by Regehr’s departure. While it is disappointing to see the Sabres give up on the season it makes sense to let some of the younger guys get NHL experience while also being able to evaluate them to see if they can be counted on for bigger roles next year.