Veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr probably wasn't regretting being dealt by the Buffalo Sabres to the Los Angeles Kings much to begin with. But clinching his first-ever Stanley Cup Friday night probably further distanced him from his brief time with the blue and gold.
The 34-year-old blueliner was the second person to touch the Stanley Cup Friday after the Kings won it with a 3-2 double-overtime win in game five of the final over the New York Rangers. He hadn't played since Game One of the Kings' second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks after suffering a knee injury. He was healthy enough to play during the final series, but coach Daryl Sutter kept him on the bench because he didn't want to mess with a winning lineup.
Sutter called it a touch decision to make but cited lineup fluctuation for the Kings' conference final loss last season as a reason to keep the veteran on the bench. Regehr didn't seem to mind too much in a postgame interview:
"It's an amazing feeling. It's taken me 15 years. I got within a goal about 10 years ago. Just to get back here again was just awesome."
Regehr was in the 2004 final with the Calgary Flames, who lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. That Flames team lost the deciding game at home, 2-1. He was with Calgary until June 2011, when the Sabres acquired him and Ales Kotalik for Paul Byron and Chris Butler. He led the Sabres in hits and was second in blocked shots in 2011-12 and was traded to the Kings in April 2013 for two second-round draft picks.
He ended his Sabres career with one goal and six assists in 105 games. He played 79 regular-season games for the Kings this season, scoring three goals and 11 assists.
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