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LA Kings D-man Robyn Regehr Hopes To “Brush The Rust Off,” Get Up To Speed Quickly

LA Kings’ newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr (left) spent a lot of time talking with assistant coach John Stevens (right)during an optional skate on April 3, 2013,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although it was just an optional skate for the Los Angeles Kings, newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr was on the ice, and he spent a lot of time just talking with assistant coach John Stevens, trying to get the lay of the land.

Regehr, 32, was acquired by the Kings on April 1, in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who will receive two second round picks in the National Hockey League Draft from the Kings, one in 2014 and another in 2015.

In his first chance to meet the local media, the 6-3, 225-pound Canadian (born in Recife, Brazil) talked about his whirlwind past couple of days.

“Buffalo flew to Pittsburgh, that would’ve been April 1,” Regehr explained. “That night, we went out for dinner, and I was hearing from my agent (J.P. Barry) that something might be happening. He mentioned Los Angeles, and there were a couple of other teams we heard rumors about. But he then said it was Los Angeles. We talked a little bit about it, and the fit. I was asked to waive [his no movement clause] after dinner.”

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Is Cautiously Optimistic About Young Defensive Corps – VIDEO

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With injuries to stay-at-home defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell to start the abbreviated 2013 season—Greene played in just the first game of the season, while Mitchell has not seen action yet this year—things have certainly not gone according to the plan for the Los Angeles Kings.

“You’ve seen the way we had planned this,” said Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. “If you look at last year, we had a stopper with a puck mover, and obviously, that’s what we lost in Greene and Mitchell.”

Indeed, last season, the Kings had Rob Scuderi paired with Drew Doughty, Mitchell with Slava Voynov, and Alec Martinez with Greene. As Lombardi described, each defensive pair had a stay-at-home guy and a puck mover.

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LA Kings’ Darryl Sutter Issues More Challenges To Defense, Goaltenders

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — While many have pointed to a lack of goal scoring as an area of major concern for the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Darryl Sutter knows better.

In fact, Sutter isn’t even talking about his team’s offensive attack. Instead, he is primarily focused on defense and goaltending, given the fact that veteran blue liners Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell are out of the lineup, and now, Alec Martinez will be out for at least one week.

“It was just an innocent play [on] his second shift,” Sutter said, describing the play in which Martinez was injured. “[It was] nothing, just a real, easy play. He just got banged.”

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LA Kings Defenseman Keaton Ellerby Will Need To Get The Lay Of The Land Quickly

LA Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby, shown here speaking to the media
following practice on February 13,
2013, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings just five days ago, defenseman Keaton Ellerby already seems like a Southern California native, at least a little bit, anyway.

“I went down for lunch in Hermosa [Beach] with [defenseman Jake] Muzzin and [right wing Jordan] Nolan, and then just waited around,” Ellerby said, describing what he did during the Kings’ day off on February 12. “I picked up some sushi last night, checked the beach out…”

Sounds a lot like what the locals might do on a day off, right? Not so fast, at least, not in this case, anyway.

“I toured around a little bit yesterday,” said Ellerby. “It’s going to take awhile to get used to everything, and all traffic, stuff like that.”

Ellerby started the day off getting some much needed extra rest.

“I kind of slept in,” said the 24-year-old, 6-5, 217-pound native of Strathmore, Alberta. “I came in, and did the whole tour of the [Kings practice] facility yesterday.”

After that, it was time to get the lay of the land…

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