Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr was set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming July, but Kings general manager, Dean Lombardi did what he set out to do before free agency and signed Regehr to an extension. It was announced yesterday that the two parties agreed to a two-year contract worth $6 million ($3 million each of the next two seasons through 2014-15).
Regeher was acquired this past April from the Buffalo Sabres to replace injured defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, but spent a majority of his career with the Calgary Flames and helped them through a major Stanley Cup run in the 2004-05 season.
The Kings matched Regehr with defenseman Drew Doughty and the tandem has been unstoppable ever since. The two are one of the bigger reasons why Los Angeles is doing so well in their run for the Stanley Cup this season. Regehr could have tested free agency, but he found his niche with the Kings and Doughty and a lot of times, for players, it is as much about the fit as it is about the money especially with as successful as Los Angeles has been these past few seasons. He cannot go wrong with this extension and for the money he got, it really is not a bad deal for either Regehr or the Kings.