Acquired prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr has fit in well with the Los Angeles Kings.

So well, in fact, the team wasn't willing to wait until the Stanley Cup Playoffs were over to make sure he stayed put.

The Kings, who open the Western Conference Final on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks, announced Thursday they have signed Regehr, 33, to a new two-year contract.

Regehr was acquired by the Kings on April 1 in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and in the 2015 NHL Draft. He helped fill a void left by a season-long injury to defenseman Willie Mitchell.

"I think both are experienced guys," coach Darryl Sutter said Thursday of Regehr and Mitchell. "Both are great locker-room guys. Both are great work- ethic guys. Both are always well-prepared for games. Has he done that? Obviously we’re still playing, so he must be doing that."

Regehr had four assists in 41 games this season for the Kings and Buffalo Sabres. He has one assist in 13 postseason games.