SABRES ACQUIRE REGEHR, KOTALIK AND 2012 SECOND ROUND PICK FROM CALGARY
/ Buffalo Sabres
The Calgary Flames traded veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr, forward Ales Kotalik and a second-round draft pick in 2012 to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday morning for defenseman Chris Butler and center Paul Byron.
The deal was announced just moments before the second round of the Entry Draft began at the Xcel Energy Center.
Regehr, who waived his no-trade clause, has played all 11 of his NHL seasons with the Flames. In 826 games, he has 29 goals, 163 points and 802 penalty minutes. The 31-year-old had 2 goals and 19 points in 79 games with the Flames this past season.
Kotalik, a former Sabre, split the season between Calgary and their AHL affiliate in Abbotsford. He was 4-2-6 in 26 games with the Flames. He spent his first six-plus season with the Sabres, posting career highs of 25 goals and 62 points in 2005-06.
Butler, who turns 25 in October, has played 155 games in three NHL seasons and had 2 goals and 9 points in 49 games this past season. Byron made his NHL debut with Buffalo this past season, scoring a goal and adding an assist in eight games after scoring 26 goals and putting up 53 points with the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Portland.