With the status of defenseman Willie Mitchell up in the air, the Kings made a solid move in acquiring Regehr. At 6-foot-3, 225 lbs., Regehr brings a big body to the blue-line and a cannon of a shot from the point. It gives them three solid defensive pairings, and also another veteran presence. The move also takes some of the pressure off of some of the younger guys, allowing them to play their game.
Regehr has playoff experience, which is a huge plus for the Kings, who will be looking to take it to the house again this year. He had struggled in Buffalo since being traded a few seasons back, but the Kings are banking that he’ll find some of that old magic he showed in his run to the 2004 Stanley Cup.
Another bonus for the Kings is, of course, the fact that Regehr and coach Darryl Sutter already know each other very well. Regehr knows Sutter’s system, so it’s likely that he’ll be able to enter right into the line-up without much of “getting used to a new system.” It could make him a more effective player and pay immediate dividends.
Of course, Regehr won’t be lighting the lamp often, but that’s alright. He’s not expected to. As long as he can move bodies and be responsible in his own end, that’s all he really needs to do.
What do Kings fans think of this acquisition? Will he help the Kings blue-line? Or will he be a bust?
Mike Pantaleone is a Los Angeles Kings writer for RantSports.com.
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