Goodbye until September for the
It was a day of bittersweet partings for the Kings and their fans and for Regehr and his 15-season NHL career. The team's regular-season finale was a 4-1 victory over the
Regehr punched the clock in his true-professional fashion — registering three hits and finishing a plus-one — and said in the dressing room afterward that he has probably played his last professional game.
"I think it's time to move on to the next chapter in life," said Regehr, who will turn 35 on April 19.
He achieved his ultimate career goal by winning a
Sutter and Regehr were reunited when the Kings acquired the defenseman in a trade with the
"There's a lot that goes into a decision like that," Regehr said. "I've been thinking about it for a little while. You've got to think about where your body is at and how it's holding up or not holding up.
"There's family decisions and all kinds of stuff that are involved in a decision like that. It's a big decision. But I think we've decided."
Said Kings Coach Darryl Sutter: "We lost a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup [Final] with Calgary, so to get him here and win one here is awesome. He's not only a good player, he's a great person. The best thing about when we got Robyn here was there's a lot of young defensemen here. If you look at their seasons, they're going to learn a lot from Robyn Regehr, all those young players.
"Robyn and Greener [Matt Greene] are the quarterbacks back there, in the locker room, and in terms of professionalism and every one of those other guys, they're going to miss Robyn. They're going to have to take a step forward now."
"He didn't fade after the sunset," Williams said. "Now he's going to be a dad for the rest of the time."
Williams and Kings center
Williams said his focus has been on the season rather than his future with the Kings' organization and pending unrestricted free agency. Playing in a meaningless game was painful for Williams.
"We have not played a game like that in a long time," he said. "Reality will set in that we won't be playing in the playoffs and have a chance to defend the Cup … that's what really stinks."
Said Kings defenseman
Sutter was unequivocal about his coaching future with the Kings, whether reporters would see him in September.
"Absolutely," he said. "What do you mean see me? Am I invisible?"