Drew Doughty figures he’s been paired with every Kings defenseman at one point or another this season except Slava Voynov. He’s played with Robyn Regehr steadily since Regehr was acquired in a trade earlier this month from the Buffalo Sabres. Doughty talked Saturday about their union and how their strengths mesh. Doughty talked about the player he’s likely to form a shut-down tandem with for the upcoming playoffs.
“Robyn’s kind of strictly defense,” he said. “He’s not going to jump up in the play. It gives me the opportunity to jump up every time I can. He’s always back there, solid. For the most part, I noticed he’s going to make the simple play. He’s not going to make that saucer pass over a stick or anything like that. He’s either going to go straight up to a winger (with a pass) or over to me. I want the puck in my hands as much as I can have it, and if he’s going to keep giving it to me, I love that. So far, we’ve worked really well together and I think as we get used to play with each other we’re going to get better and better.”
Here’s what Kings winger Jeff Carter said Saturday about new teammate, Robyn Regehr, a veteran defenseman acquired in a trade last Monday from the Buffalo Sabres: “I think I only played against him a few times. When I came to the West, he went to the East. I mean, he’s just a hard-nosed big, strong guy. He’s almost like a bully out there. He’s always in your face. Every time you turn around, he’s there. It’s great for us back there.”
Darryl Sutter talked about the play of newly-acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr, the hot streak of winger Justin Williams and his goaltending rotation in the wake of Jonathan Bernier’s shutout Thursday night of the Minnesota Wild. Here’s the coach’s analysis:
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.
Justin Williams skated along the right wing early in the Kings’ 3-0 homecoming victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Staples Center. Head down, legs churning, arms pumping, he carried the puck a long way before anyone noticed him.
Williams unleashed an uncontested shot from the right faceoff circle that hit the back of the night only 1 minute, 29 seconds into the game.
The Kings didn’t chase Jarome Iginla before the trade deadline, and he eventually went from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings also didn’t pursue Jaromir Jagr or a half-dozen other players who were dealt before Wednesday’s deadline. Why not? Kings general manager Dean Lombardi didn’t want to break up the Stanley Cup champions in order to rent a player for the short haul. The move he did make, adding veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres for second-round draft picks in 2014 and ’15, was designed to bolster the Kings’ blue line for the long term.
Here’s more about Lombardi’s thinking from Lombardi himself:
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi acquired veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday for a pair of second-round draft picks to bolster the team’s blue line for the stretch run and the playoffs. Lombardi on Wednesday discounted the notion that Regehr would be simply a rental player, however. Lombardi said “there’s a good chance” the Kings can re-sign Regehr, who is in the final season of a five-year, $20.1-million contract he signed while with the Calgary Flames. “We’re looking at this as a guy that can fit here for a number of years,” Lombardi said of the 32-year-old Regehr.
It’s official. The Kings traded second-round draft picks in 2014 and ’15 to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr, the team announced Monday night. The Kings also announced it placed forward Dustin Penner on injured reserve (retroactive to Sunday) because of a lower-body injury. The trade for Regehr won’t be formalized until the 32-year-old passes a medical exam and the team declined further comment.
The Kings bolstered their defense corps Monday night by trading two second-round draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran Robyn Regehr. The 32-year-old Regehr waived his no-movement clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by the Canadian sports network TSN. The Kings have not announced the trade.