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LA Kings Move To Shore Up Blue Line With Trade For Robyn Regehr From Buffalo – Analysis

The Buffalo Sabres have sent defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings in
a trade on April 1, contingent upon Regher passing a medical examination.
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — In a two-days-before-the-trade-deadline deal, the Los Angeles Kings moved to shore up their blue line corps, which has been missing stalwart, stay-at-home defensemen Willie Mitchell all season, and Matt Greene for all but one game, by acquiring veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres.

In exchange, the Sabres will receive two second round picks in the National Hockey League Draft, one in 2014 and another in 2015. The trade is contingent upon Regehr passing a medical examination.

The Kings also announced that left wing Dustin Penner has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to March 31, due to a lower body injury, a move that opens a roster spot for Regehr, for the time being.

Regehr, 32, has tallied two assists with 21 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 29 games with the Sabres this season. His best season, in terms of offensive numbers, was in 2005-06 with the Calgary Flames, when he scored six goals and added twenty assists for 26 points in 68 regular season games.

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“Move Along, Nothing To See Here” Really Means What It Says In The Case Of LA Kings’ Drew Doughty

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty finally scored his first goal of the 2013 season on March 19. But the majority of the attention given to his
goal scoring drought was misplaced.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the season on March 19, in the Kings’ 29th game of this abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League season, many fans breathed a big sigh of relief, while some pundits started analyzing Doughty’s long scoring drought, trying to figure out why he was playing so poorly all season long.

This brings to mind the line from the Naked Gun movies:

“Move along, nothing to see here.”

The only difference is that unlike in those movies, this time, it’s probably sage advice. Indeed, many have apparently forgotten that Doughty is a defenseman, a player whose primary responsibility is keeping the puck out of his own net. Despite that, the focus for much of the last six weeks has been his goose egg in the goals column of the stats sheet, something he was frustrated about, despite earlier comments to the contrary.

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Defensive Zone Play, Inconsistent Effort Are Top Priorities For The Los Angeles Kings

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: This story includes exclusive video of interviews with Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner and head coach Darryl Sutter following practice on March 8, 2013.


Left wing Dustin Penner said that “puck luck” played a key role
in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at
Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 7, 2013.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings are ranked fifth in the Western Conference heading into action on March 9, consistency has not been their strong suit through 22 games in this abbreviated season.

Although they have won nine out of thelr last twelve games, all one has to do is look at their sluggish 3-5-2 start, some incomplete efforts, and games in which the defensive blunders are glaring, and it leads one to question just how far this team can go this season.

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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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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

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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