The deal that was pending, then off because Robyn Regehr wanted to find out his options, appears to be back on now according to TSN's Darren Dreger. One of Regehr's options, the San Jose Sharks, made a play for defenseman Brent Burns during the draft. The deal appears to be, as it hasn't been officially confirmed, Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik for the rights for Chris Butler, Paul Byron and a 2012 2nd round pick.
Robyn Regehr is a standard stay at home defenseman who has 11 years of NHL experience with the Calgary Flames. He is not a player that is going to light the lamp up much at all, he has 29 goals in 826 games, but he is going to give sound defensive play. Regehr has finished a season with a negative plus/minus rating only four times out of 11 seasons and those were in his first four seasons. He is a career +30.
Following the jump, our thoughts on the rest of the pieces of the puzzle.
The second piece to the puzzle is someone we are all too familiar with, Ales Kotalik. Kotalik was apart of the Sabres for six and a half seasons before he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline in 2009. He became a scapegoat for many things during his time in Buffalo and his production hasn't gotten much better since he left. In the 116 games he has played since leaving Buffalo, Kotalik has registered 22 goals and 44 points. Kotalik hasn't gotten better since leaving Buffalo, he's regressed.
If the rumors hold true, and at this point this is PURE SPECULATION, the Sabres will be sending back the rights to Chris Butler, Paul Byron, and a 2nd round pick. The biggest piece of the puzzle are the rights to Chris Butler, rights as he is still a restricted free agent. Butler has been bogged down in the Sabres system with the glut of young defensemen that the Sabres have. That glut got bigger with the emergence of Marc Andre Gragnani at the end of the last season. Butler is a good defenseman and will be good in the Calgary system, but he is a more offensive minded defenseman than Regehr.
Paul Byron had a quick cup of coffee with the Sabres this season with two games played in where he registered his first NHL point and his first NHL goal. Byron had 53 points in the AHL this season with 26 goals and 27 assists.
If this deal holds true in its current format, the Sabres should be viewed as the winner even though it took the San Jose Sharks trading for Brent Burns for Regehr to finally acquiesce and come to Buffalo. Our final thought on this comes from Darren Dreger from TSN who had this nugget about the deal:
Sabres owner Terry Pegula very influential in Regehr's decision to waive and accept move to Buffalo.