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Regehr's moves pay off as former Sabres defenseman celebrates as champion

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Robyn Regehr had to decide multiple times whether he should waive his no-trade clause. He did it twice, and both times the deciding factor was whether he could win a Stanley Cup.

It didn't happen the first time, as the Sabres slid from the ranks of Cup hopefuls after his arrival from Calgary. He accepted a move from Buffalo to Los Angeles in 2013, and the defenseman hit the jackpot when the Kings won the championship in June.

"After your career’s done and you look back on it, that’s the things you never forget," Regehr said today in the Kings' practice facility. "I’m really glad I had a chance to be part of one. Now the motivation is to try to do it again. It’s extremely difficult, but we have the majority of the same guys back, so we’ve got a very good opportunity."

The Sabres will get to see how good the Kings are tonight when they meet in Staples Center.

"It’s always a little bit more motivating and exciting when you play a former team," Regehr said. "You’ve got friends over there still, and I know a decent amount of guys. There’s been a lot of changeover, but I still know six or seven of those guys. It makes it a little more special, a little more fun."

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