Thirteenth overall pick Sven Baertschi by the Calgary Flames stands onstage with Special Assistant to the General Manager Craig Conroy (R) and a member of the Calgary Flames organization during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Calgary Flames played a little give and take to grab the headlines on Saturday — Day 2 of the National Hockey League’s entry draft at Xcel Energy Center.
Before the first selection in Saturday morning’s start of Round 2 — Friday’s proceedings were chewed up entirely by the first round — the news came down that veteran defenceman Robyn Regehr had waived his no-movement clause in his contract, and accepted a deal to the Buffalo Sabres.
The 31-year-old was the second longest-serving member of the Flames — just behind Jarome Iginla.
Regehr joined unproductive winger Ales Kotalik on his way to Buffalo, along with a second-round pick in next summer’s draft.
The Flames turned considerably younger in the deal, landing defenceman Chris Butler and forward Paul Byron.
Since joining the Flames in 1999 — after his rights were traded from the Colorado Avalanche — Regehr suited up for 826 regular-season games, 23 more than Al MacInnis.
Butler, 24, played parts of the past three seasons in Buffalo. In 155 games, the 6-1, 203-pounder has five goals and 31 assists.
Byron, 22, is a graduate of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Gatineau Olympiques. The speedster stands 5-9 and weighs 170 pounds. Byron spent the bulk of last season in Portland with the American Hockey League Pirates where he collected 26 goals and 53 points in 67 games.
Regehr has two years left on a deal that pays him $4 million US per year. His cap hit is $4.02 million.
Butler is a restricted free agent.
With the salary cap room gained, Calgary did a little taking an hour later by re-signing centre Alex Tanguay to a five-year extension.
Tanguay will make $17.5 million US over the five years — a cap hit of $3.5 million. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The 31-year-old centre had 22 goals and 47 assists in 79 games for Calgary last season.
Tanguay came to Calgary from Tampa Bay in a trade prior to last season.
Not to be outdone on the trade front, the Ottawa Senators acquired flashy forward Nikita Filatov from Columbus for a third-round pick. Filatov, 21, never found his way with the Blue Jackets after being picked sixth overall in 2008. He’s expected to get a long look on one of Ottawa’s top two lines.
The one big deal that was expected to be made, but didn’t, involved winger Ryan Smyth.
Edmonton and the Los Angeles Kings had a trade in the works to bring Smyth back to the Oilers, but health issues surrounding forward Gilbert Brule — who was to go the other way — nixed the swap.
Brule, who has dropped in the Oilers’ organizational chart because he can’t stay healthy, has one year left at $1.85 million US.
Smyth remains in limbo. He asked for a trade for family issues, and badly wants to return to the Oilers after being a first-round draft pick in 1994.
Smyth has one year left at a salary of $4.5 million but a cap hit of $6.25 million. The Oilers are well under the cap ceiling, which is now about $63 million, so the addition of Smyth, 35, would not be an issue.
Smyth was moved to the Kings for Kyle Quincey and two other trade pieces in 2009, and was their leading playoff scorer after a 47-point season as a top-six forward.
Fresh off two first-round selections on opening night, Edmonton started the ball rolling Saturday in Round 2 by taking defenceman David Musil from the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants.
Pedigree is playing in his favour. Musil’s father Frantisek played 14 NHL seasons, including stints in Edmonton and down the road in Calgary. David Musil’s uncle is former NHLer Bobby Holik.
Bloodlines came into play frequently through the next six rounds.
There was definitely some big smiles at the Dave Lowry household. The former NHL grinder saw two of his sons drafted Saturday — Adam by Winnipeg in the third round, and Joel by Los Angeles in the fifth round.
Carolina drafted Keegan Lowe in the third round. The defenceman’s father is former Oiler great Kevin Lowe.
Edmonton also figured in on the next one as Craig Simpson, a former Oiler sniper, watched as his son Dillon was selected by Edmonton at the start of the fourth round.
And it wouldn’t be a draft if the name Sutter wasn’t called.
Brody Sutter, son of Duane, was picked in the seventh round by Carolina.
The Canes now have Brody, Brandon (son of Flames head coach, Brent) and Brett Sutter (son of former Flames GM Darryl).
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