Christian Ehrhoff's time as a New York Islander hardly lasted a day. Such is the world of negotiation rights.
On Wednesday, about 24 hours after acquiring his rights from Vancouver for a fourth-round draft pick, the Islanders sent his rights to Buffalo and recouped the fourth-round selection it gave up.
Islanders GM Garth Snow tried to sign Ehrhoff -- reported numbers were around $5 million annually -- but the German defenseman rejected Snow's overtures, apparently intent on hitting the free-agent market even if it means less money than what New York was offering. Now, the Sabres are on the clock.
At this point ,it's starting to feel like a hot potato being tossed about, except in this case teams are trying to hold on until they are burned.
For the Islanders, it ends up being a wash, possibly costing them a few draft positions in the fourth round, assuming they finish worse than the Sabres next season. In the process, Snow shows the Isles want to invest and get better, perhaps making his team a little more attractive to free agents than it otherwise would have been.
If the Sabres are unable to sign Ehrhoff by Friday when free agency begins, the Red Wings are the odds-on favorite to sign him.
-- By Brian Stubits