Robyn Regehr had an assist and was a plus-two with six hits and two blocked shots in his first 18 minutes, 25 seconds with the Kings on Thursday night. The veteran made an impact in his debut after Monday’s trade from the Buffalo Sabres. He later admitted he felt a good deal of nervous energy at the start of a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
“There’s a little bit of nervous energy,” Regehr said. “It’s been a very busy last couple of days and lots of stuff going on with getting to know new teammates and all that other kind of stuff, so it was nice just to go out and play. I thought the guys played really hard. We had a great start, jumped on them early and then after that it was kind of back and forth a little bit. But we were able to live off a great start.”
Regehr said he got a tutorial from assistant coach John Stevens on Wednesday.
“It took a little bit of homework,” said Regehr, who spent the first 11 seasons of his 13-year career in the West with the Calgary Flames. “There’s lots going on (following Monday’s trade). I had a long session with John Stevens, the defensive coach, and talking about everything we’re trying to do here. There’s a lot that’s different, and also talking about the penalty kill and making sure I was up to speed on knowing what to do. So, that was a lot. But it was nice just to go out there and execute some of that, so you don’t have to think about it. You can just go out and play and do it.”