Vulgar Statistics: Acquisitions By The Numbers: Robyn Regehr
The last of the major acquisitions for the Sabres is Robyn Regehr, a tough veteran defenseman with Stanley Cup experience. Unlike Leino and Ehrhoff, Regehr was acquired in a trade also included Ales Kotalik and a second round draft pick, giving the flames Paul Byron and Chris Butler in return. Regehr came with a cap hit of $4.02 million and is signed through next season. So what do we have in this Amazonian Warrior? You won’t find Ehrhoff’s gaudy point totals, but you will find solid dependable production in the regular season, and an amped up game in the playoffs.
- Regular Season – 826 games played, 29 goals, 134 assists, 163 points (+30) (Seven consecutive + years and counting)
- Playoffs – 41 games played, 3 goals, 12 assists, 15 points, (+9)
As we saw in last week’s column, Regehr is probably the least threatening Sabre defenseman in terms of putting up points, but he wasn’t brought here to score. He was brought here to destroy.
Last season Robyn Regehr doled out 180 hits (13th in NHL), and blocked 142 shots (31st). He’s put up over 100 hits ever year since the 03-04 season and was only stopped by the fact that NHL.com’s archives go no further back. From 2003 to 2010, the Sabres had one defenseman top 100 hits in any season, Toni Lydman (four times). Next year they’ll be rolling out three in Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, and Robyn Regehr, a triumvirate of pain.
Regehr also brings another key skill, penalty killing. Regehr racked up 3:12 per game on the penalty kill as part of the first unit in Calgary last season. That means the Sabres will be able to ice five defensemen that averaged over a minute per game shorthanded last season, six if Andrej Sekera returns. Fresh legs go a long way towards keeping the puck out of the net when you’re down a man.
I saved the most compelling part of the Regehr acquisition for last: he wanted to come to Buffalo. To me, that means a lot more than the acquisition of his on-ice skills. It means a culture change, something the organization has sorely needed. I think of the big three moves, Regehr will have the smallest hockey impact, but I also think that just getting here has made the biggest wave of anything the Sabres have done this offseason (and for several past offseasons). Hear that? It’s that clarion call…