March 5, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Buffalo Sabres defensemen Robyn Regehr (24) takes 3rd period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues Interested in Robyn Regehr of the Buffalo Sabres?

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.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Robyn Regehr St. Louis Blues

  • bluenotebacker

    I feel like that would *almost* be making a move for the sake of making a move. Is Regehr an improvement over Redden? Maybe. He’s a little younger, yes, and possibly a bit more physical. I’m not sold on the idea, yet. I do think Regehr would be a fit, and possibly a longer term fix than Redden, just maybe not the “turning point” kind of deal the Blues are looking for in this shortened season.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I kind of agree. I think Regehr could manage to improve his play in St. Louis though. With a lack of real top defensemen on the trading block, the Blues might have to settle. I actually like the pairing of Jackman and Petro. I like the way those guys play together, but that is just me.

  • Dane Kaatmann

    The Blues would benefit highly from acquiring a strong, big, physical stay at home guy like Regehr. He hasn’t been stellar in Buffalo but that team basically went out and just bought up whoever they wanted and didn’t necessarily think much about chemistry. We are seeing the product of that over the last 2 seasons. Regehr also makes sense for the Blues budget structure. He is in the last year of a 5 year deal that paid him an average of 4 million per year. I mean he only helps the team. And yes, he’s a big upgrade to Redden. My guess is that if The Blues have the budget space available and the Sabres are willing to part with him in exchange for picks an prospects then it could happen. Otherwise the Blues will stand pat as they always have.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Great insight, Dane. Thanks for sharing. Regehr could probably really benefit from a change in scenery and still has a lot of hockey left in him. Thanks for reading.

  • Dashley R

    First, the coaches need to bring the D-men back to basics and hit the reset button on the role they need to play. To have the defense contribute offensively is a good thing, but not when there is a possibility of putting the team at a disadvantage like odd man rushes as well as odd man breakaways. Obviously they should not forcingly inject themselves and only be utilized offensively when taking advantage of the other teams mistakes. This means blue-lining is accepted and pinching is a risk or a mistake waiting to happen. Playing defense means supporting the Offense without playing too closely along side and especially not skating ahead of them. On a team that needs defense badly, if they can get all of the D-men on the same page with this idea they could finally be the contenders they have the potential to be.

    Second, David Backes needs to go back to worrying about David Backes and let his play and actions offensively lead the team instead of always holding the Defense’s hand and worrying about what everybody on the ice will do. He did however have a point when complaining that too many players were focusing on their own personal stats instead of keeping it a team effort. Again, the concept of role explanation seems to be recurring. Firstly, Offense should be concentrating on Offense until they have to support the defense when necessary, not assume the D’s position every time they are traveling south. But secondly, the O’s shouldn’t be selfish among their offensive teammates unless their only option left is to be selfish. There are one or two players that are prone to being too selfish, one being David Perron. I understand wanting the puck, but with this system we can’t have any Cheechoo’s on the team which is obviously why he wasn’t utilized most of the time we held his contract. Perron isn’t a Stamkos or Crosby, but if he would just stop being selfish maybe he could be more of a playmaker like a Sedin. I do see flashes of brilliance from him which would make me sad to see him go, but I think if he doesn’t seriously consider changing his role that he would be bad for the team and would need to be traded.

    Now, as far as adding a D-man, maybe they should, but they seriously need to consider applying these ideals. If they can do that and stay healthy I think the rest would take care of itself.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I think the issue on defense is we have too many offensively minded guys. Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Russell and to some extend Redden and Cole all try to be offensive guys. With Polak and Jackman being our stay at home guys, we need to add one more to be on the top pairing with Petro. So while they need to focus on their game, they also need players who fit the system.

      Now for Backes, he is trying to be the captain. Hitch can’t criticize the players, but Backes can. What he is trying to do is establish a precedent that the team needs to be held accountable for each player on it.

      Perron, I think, is trapped. He looks like he is trying to force plays together when his linemates aren’t open. I think he is too busy hearing he is selfish and is more concerned about getting assists than just playing the game. A lot of the times he is holding onto the puck for too long it is because he is looking for an open man, not a shot. If he would just throw the puck on net we would be fine. I think this is another symptom of the short season and we can’t make any moves based on this year alone.

      Again, thanks for sharing.