Defenseman Robyn Regehr, who was set to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer, has signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Los Angeles Kings.
Regehr was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres just prior to the trade deadline in exchange for the Kings' 2014 and 2015 second-round draft picks.
The 6'3", 225-pound blueliner has helped fill the void left by injured defenseman Willie Mitchell, bringing experience and physicality to what became a very young defense corps early in the year. Mitchell missed the entire 2013 campaign with a lingering knee issue and his return to the team next season remains uncertain.
Regehr, a stay-at-home defenseman, seemed like a good fit from the start, having played for head coach Darryl Sutter in Calgary earlier in his career. He has played an important role on the Kings' penalty kill, and provided a physical presence on the back end with gritty defenseman Matt Greene missing a majority of the season.
Regehr had four points in 41 regular-season games between Los Angeles and Buffalo, and has one assist in 13 postseason games in 2013.
Here is what head coach Darryl Sutter said about Regehr just after the defenseman was acquired:
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