Defenseman Robyn Regehr agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, passing up free agency this summer to stick with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Kings announced the deal while the team traveled to Chicago for the start of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.
Regehr has appeared in just 12 regular-season games and 13 playoff contests with the Kings, who acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres on April 1 in a trade for two second-round draft picks.
But from his first game with the Kings, the 13-year NHL veteran has splendidly filled the physical void left by injured Kings defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene with relentless, hard-hitting defense and penalty-killing proficiency. Regehr also has three assists while partnering with high-scoring defenseman Drew Doughty.
''They told me that they wanted me to be a good defensive defenseman, physical guy, help out on the penalty kill, things like that, so I had a real ...