November 12, 2013 - 12:56 PM
Robyn Regehr has two assists and a plus-3 rating in 17 games for the Kings this season (Getty Images).
By Mike Harrington
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is back in First Niagara Center today for the first time since the Sabres traded him West on April 1 for second-round picks in 2014 and 2015. Regehr, remember, was personally recruited by Terry and Kim Pegula and Lindy Ruff during draft weekend in 2011 at his summer home in Saskatchewan and agreed to a trade from his longtime home in Calgary.
The Sabres were talking Stanley Cup at the time and thought a veteran like Regehr was another piece. Obviously it didn't turn out that way. They missed the playoffs in 2011-12 -- with Regehr's turnover in the penultimate game in Philadelphia leading to the Matt Read goal that knocked Buffalo from contention. As last season approached the deadline, Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold and Regehr were all dealt and the Sabres are essentially starting from scratch, with a 3-15-1 record heading into tonight's game.
"They've gotten rid of most of the older players and really decided to go young and try to get as many young guys in there and give them a chance," Regehr said. "It doesn't surprise me. With that type of rebuilding process, there's going to be lumps and they're going to be big."
Regehr, who got to Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final with Calgary in 2004, said the 2011-12 season here rates as one of his big disappointments. The Sabres barely needed a plane to fly to the season-opening games in Europe because they were so high with Cup thoughts. They won both but the season soon got away from them and they didn't even qualify for the playoffs.
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By Jay Skurski
With Jordan Leopold sent to St. Louis on Saturday, the
Buffalo Sabres have to replace more than 21 minutes of ice time.
In their first game without the veteran defenseman, the
beneficiaries were Tyler Myers and rookie Mark Pysyk.
Myers skated a game-high 28 minutes, 13 seconds in the
shootout loss, while Pysyk was on the ice for 13:52 – a game after being a
healthy scratch in Florida.
"It felt good," Myers said of the extended work. "It's
whatever the coaches are going to decide how to play us. I think all the 'D' has been doing a really good job of adjusting to what has been given to them."
Myers didn't learn of Leopold's trade until arriving at
First Niagara Center for the game.
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February 6, 2013 - 12:05 PM
By Mike Harrington
The Sabres have hit the ice for practice in First Niagara Center -- a practice that was not on their schedule. The team had posted today as a day off and informed the media as such** but is now holding a normal workout.
(**We have inquired with the NHLPA about the practice. Under the new CBA, teams have to have two days off a month at home and two on the road and they must be planned in advance. They cannot be changed "absent compelling circumstances" and it's assumed that a mere slump like the 1-6-1 abyss the team is currently is would not qualify. Stay tuned for more on that.)
Robyn Regehr (ankle) skated on his own for about 20 minutes prior to the practice. Pat Kaleta is also back working out with the team as an extra forward. The injured Andrej Sekera and Christian Ehrhoff are not on the ice.
The one unexpected absentee is defenseman Mike Weber so there are only five D on the ice. We'll have to find out Weber's status after practice.
There's no change on the lines: