Robyn Regehr & Ales Kotalik + 2nd rd pick in 2012 for Chris Butler & Paul Byron
The tunnel of death heads east. Hemsky is relieved…
826 regular season games played for the Flames with a +30, safe to say Reggie has been a steady force on the back end for many years. The man that was traded for Theo and broke both legs in a car accident, was never supposed to skate again yet alone be one of the more premier stay at home d-men in the NHL. Regehr is and was a “prototypical” Calgary Flame in my opinion; rugged, hardworking and proud of the city he represented.
Regehr will be greatly missed as a leader on this team and he will leave many friends behind. Buffalo is gaining a massive piece and will help their team moving forward and becoming a playoff contending team. Leaving this city is not easy for Robyn and that is why he took his time waiving his “NMC” which in my opinion, he had all the right to do.
Moving forward adding Butler and Byron will provide some AHL depth with Byron and a 4-6 d-man in Butler who will add some defensive reliability. If you only look at the players in return you may be disappointed but if you account the cap space (7mill), then this is a pretty significant “return” by Feaster. Also this opens many options moving forward, not easy to ship 7 mill without taking salary back.
Quick touch on Kotalik; I didn’t like when he came over and that we lost Prust for him, adding Kotalik’s lack of return to his “old form” didn’t make it any better. I met the guy and he was a nice man who seemed he had self-pride and wanted to succeed with the Flames. I wish him the best of luck back in Buffalo!
On a last note, Regehr you will be missed and I will always view you as a Flame! And please don’t eat Nathan Gerbe! Goodbye and Thank you!