Buffalo (WKBW) The Buffalo Sabres have traded veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr to the LA Kings for a pair of second round draft picks. One in 2014, the other in 2015. Regehr was set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Regehr, who was acquired by Buffalo in a trade with Calgary in June of 2011, played in 105 games for the Sabres. This year the veteran had no goals and two assists and was -4 through 29 games.
"He was fine with the opportunity to be moved to Los Angeles", said GM Darcy Regier in a conference call. "I think we indicated to him that we were going to look towards next season and really look at building this team not just to make it into the playoffs but to go deep into the playoffs. No one is quite sure of the timeline, but we are going to focus on next season as opposed to this season. For us it was an opportunity to get draft picks and allow us to strengthen our organization.", continued Regier.
Regehr needed to waive his full no movement clause for the Sabres to make the move, which is the second trade involving a defenseman in the last three days. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier traded Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Also on Monday, multiple reports claim that the Sabres have approached captain Jason Pominville about his limited "no movement clause". TVA Sports in Montreal is reporting that Pominville has been asked to submit a list of 8 teams that he does not want to be traded to.
Regier said over the weekend that he would be open to listening to trade offers on any of his players. A call and text message sent to Pominville's agent from Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo was not returned for comment on Monday night. A call to the Sabres seeking comment was also not returned.
The Sabres announced Monday night that the team has recalled forward Luke Adam from the Rochester Americans. Adam has 32 points in 64 games this season in the AHL.