The St. Louis Blues have been searching for a left handed, veteran defenseman to pair with Alex Pietrangelo since the beginning of free agency in the summer. St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has suggested that while he is comfortable with his current situation, he is always looking for ways to improve the team.
According to the Fourth Period, the Buffalo Sabres are “more and more likely… look[ing] to deal some of their players prior to the April 3 trade deadline.” While we had previously discussed if Tyler Myers could be a fit for the St. Louis Blues, it appears that the Sabres would like to retain his services for some time.
So who would the Blues be able to get from Buffalo? Enter Robyn Regehr. The Fourth Period suggested in the same piece that the Sabres will likely move Regehr before the trade deadline.
The 32 year-old, left-handed shooting defenseman was a first round draft pick (19th overall) in 1998 for Colorado and has appeared in some 922 NHL games. Regehr is not known for his offensive numbers as he has scored just 30 goals and 139 assists in his career, but being listed at 6’3” and 225 pounds makes Regehr someone the Blues could aim to capture. Playing alongside of Alex Pietrangelo could help someone like Regehr recapture the play that made him successful with the Calgary Flames, and his stay at home style would suit playing alongside the offensive Pietrangelo.
While the price for Regehr is still unknown, one would think that the price has to be fairly low as the Sabres are not benefiting from his presence on the ice. In the 20 games he has played so far this season, Regehr has just one assists and is a -1. Considered a number two, left-handed defenseman, Regehr would have to prove that he has what it takes to play on a top pairing again, but in his last five games he has averaged about 20 minutes of ice time per game. Not bad for a 32 year-old who seems to have run his course in Buffalo.
Only time will tell if the Blues make a move to acquire Regehr, but he could be a possible target. Do you think that the Blues would benefit from having Regehr on the blue line? Let us know in the comments below.
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