by PuckStopsHere on 08/28/13 at 11:41 PM ET
Several days ago I posted the 20 worst players by team adjusted Corsi in 2013. This is a measure of puck possession while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations. The players are then ranked against a team dependent baseline so that comparison between teams is possible. It is an imperfect comparison as players will play under different circumstances on the same team, so the same adjustment for each player will be at best an approximation. The worst player in 2013 by this metric was Robyn Regehr, who split the season between the Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings. He posted a -188.04 team adjusted Corsi.
Regehr was once a top NHL player. He was on Team Canada in the 2004 World Cup and 2006 Olympics. Even in those days he was not the strongest puck possession player. Regehr was good defensively and this translated to his Corsi because he didn't allow his opponents much puck possession. The problem is he no longer does that. Regehr is no longer a strong defensive player and he never had offensive skills. He is the kind of player who will be poor at puck possession and his value to any NHL team is questionable.
Regehr plays against tougher than average opposition and he didn't play with strong teammates (especially in Buffalo where he didn't have many strong teammates), so it is possible that he may still be able to have value if he is protected from tough minutes and played with better players. This would mean that instead of Regehr being a talented top pairing defenceman who makes his team better, he would be a third pairing defenceman who doesn't hurt you if used properly. If he cannot make that role work then his NHL career is effectively over.
Robyn Regehr is still seen as having a value because he once had a significant one. As a result he is effectively for sale at a garage sale. Calgary sold him to Buffalo and Buffalo sold him to Los Angeles. Will Los Angeles be the last one holding him before people catch on that he no longer has much value? His last deal was for two second round draft picks and it looks like the Kings overpaid. The Kings have him under contract for two years with a $3 million salary cap hit and he will most likely be a drag on the Kings salary cap with him not providing sufficient value for that contract. Robyn Regehr is no longer a valuable NHLer.
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