The trade was officially announced just before the start of the second round of the NHL draft. The Sabres send defenseman Chris Butler and forward Paul Byron to the Flames for defenseman Robyn Regehr and forward Ales Kotalik. The Sabres also get a second round draft choice in the 2012 entry draft.
"We're excited about the opportunity to come to Buffalo," Regehr told 2 on Your Side's Stu Boyar.
Late Friday night Regehr's agent, J.P. Barry confirmed to Two On Your Side that Regehr would waive his no trade clause and join the Sabres.
Regehr said he spoke to new Sabres owner Terry Pegula, who helped convince him to make the move to Buffalo. "I could tell from how committed Terry is to the Sabres that it is a pretty positive situation."
The 31-year-old Regehr has played his entire NHL career with the Flames. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 1998 entry draft. He was the 19th overall pick and was eventually traded to the Flames.
Regehr is a stay at home defenseman who should provide leadership to the Sabres blue line. He has 29 goals in 826 NHL games. Regehr and Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold played together with the Flames.
"I'm looking forward to trying to help out a couple of really good young defenseman that are playing there in Buffalo."
Kotalik returns to Buffalo after three years. He struggled last season in Calgary scoring just four goals in 26 games. Kotalik has one-year left on his contract and will count $3 million dollars against the cap this season. Reports say the Sabres will not buy him out and that they expect him to compete for a roster spot.
Byron played in eight games last season with Buffalo scoring one goal and one assist. Butler was in and out of the Sabres lineup last season. The defenseman played in 49 games and scored two goals.