The Los Angeles Kings
reached an agreement on Thursday with defenseman Robyn Regehr
on a two-year, $6 million contract extension.
Since the Kings picked up Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres
on April 1 in exchange for second-round draft picks in 2014 and 2015, he has played in 12 regular-season and 13 playoffs games.
The 13-year NHL veteran has helped fill a void on the blue line left by injuries to Matt Greene
, who has returned to the ice, and veteran Willie Mitchell
, who has missed tne 2013 season with a knee problem that could be career ending. The two-time Olympian for Canada has three points, 26 hits and 14 blocked shots while spending significant time on the Kings' penalty kill.
Regehr, 33, was to become an unrestricted free agent this summer at tne end of a five-year, $20 million contract he originally signed with Calgary, where he played for his 11 seasons in the league.
"(Kings coach) Darryl (Sutter) had mentioned that they felt they were missing a veteran presence during the season because of injury," Regehr said. "To try to come in and help out that way, that's what they felt they needed."
The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings open the Western Conference finals on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago.
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