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May 26, 2014 11:48 am

Regehr skates again; still no timetable for return

Robyn Regehr joined the Kings on the ice midway through the team’s morning skate but will not play in tonight’s Game 4 against Chicago. Unable to put a timetable on his return to the lineup, the defenseman skated with his teammates for the second consecutive day after he suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the Anaheim series on May 3.

“It’s good. It’s given me a chance to rehab and maybe even get back in there,” Regehr said. “I’m cheering for them. I’ve got the pom-poms out here and it seems to be working so far.”

Though the injury was speculated to have occurred during a hit by the Ducks’ Teemu Selanne behind the Kings’ net, Regehr clarified that it took place when he attempted to hit Devante Smith-Pelly near the benches.

Regehr, who has appeared in 1,089 career regular season and playoff games and came within one game of capturing the 2004 Stanley Cup while playing for Darryl Sutter and Calgary, described the challenges he faces as a competitive professional athlete unable to help the team during the most crucial time of the year.

“The role change from being involved in the game and having the ability to go out there and contribute – whether it’s penalty killing, power play, defense – whatever it is. You feel a part of it, and then when you’re injured and you’re having to watch on TV, you’re not part of that at all. So it’s a completely different role reversal and it’s tough,” he said. “It’s really tough.”

Regehr, on whether Slava Voynov will see a production increase after his Game 3 goal:
I think any player is like that in a way. But for him, I think he always wants to contribute offensively and he’s a big part of that from the defense. For him to get that goal, I think it gave him a little bit of a boost. We’ve seen how he can dominate in the offensive ways. Last year in the playoffs was a prime example of him being a big part of the offense. This year, we’ve managed to get the offense a little bit more by committee, which is kind of nice. Certain individuals don’t feel as much pressure. But him being the way that he is, he wants to contribute as much as he can.


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