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The retooling process began last weekend, when Buffalo acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr and forward Ales Kotalik in a trade with Calgary.

Joined by his wife Kristina, Regehr had a good first impression of the Sabres in making his first visit to Buffalo on Thursday since being traded.

Regehr said he “made the right decision” to drop his no-trade clause to allow the deal to happen. And he credited new Sabres owner Terry Pegula for the hands-on approach he took during trade talks.

Pegula contacted Regehr several times to sell the player on the Sabres. And Pegula then flew to Regehr’s home in northern Saskatchewan shortly after the trade was completed.

“We heard on the phone how committed Terry, Darcy and Lindy (Ruff) are to the Sabres,” Regehr said. “And I think this just goes to show you that they’re willing to back it up with actions as well.”

Regehr then described the Sabres’ bid to sign Ehrhoff as another indication of Pegula’s desire to build a winner since the Pennsylvania billionaire purchased the team in February.

“I think it’s great,” Regehr said. “That’s a definite change and another sign of the change that’s happening here with this hockey team.”