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Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:17 am

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.

Ehrhoff scored 14 goals and had 36 assists for the Canucks last season and rejected an offer that was reported to be the same as Kevin Bieksa, who signed a five-year, $23 million contract.

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

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:22 pm

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

Very good publish. I totally concur with almost every factor you have gotten composed.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:09 pm

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

And playing for NYI is the place to be?? Ya right, Snow is a joke or should I say a "Snow Job" Good luck winning in the Island while Snow is around. Word is out and nobody decent will sign there. Have another fun season.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:16 pm

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres


Isles make the playoffs this year, all good!

Ehrhoff's loss, the Isles future is gonna be great!


Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:27 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

"Buffalo is the place to be"

I will write more later when I stop laughing!

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:15 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

I give Snow props for trying. But honestly, if I'm Ehrhoff, I test the market no matter what. Really he is at the peak of his demand right now. He's likely to make bank no matter where he goes. And if he hits the open market, the price should be much nicer for him than it would be if he signed before the first. The Sabres, in essence, bought a head-start on the other teams as far as the negotiations are concerned. And that might be what they need to get Ehrhoff under contract. But I seriously doubt they will have him inked before Friday at noon.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:38 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

Maybe he does sign with Buffalo today but to call Buffalo the place to be or say word around the league says Buffalo is the place to be is ridiculous.  Buffalo has never won anything....  until they improve as a team in a huge way, win a ton of games and make some sort of move in the playoffs they won't be the place to be.... maybe for Erhoff they will be.... I doubt it, but nobody knows. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:00 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

The reason he didn't sign with the Islanders is because he wanted to go to a contender.  The Isles could have thrown 10 mil per year and he wouldn't have taken it.  The Sabres won't overpay him because they don't have to.  Word is spreading around the league that Buffalo is where you want to go.  Regier will get a deal done with Erhoff today and it will be for less than what the Isles offered.

As for this joker Stubits - "assuming the Sabres finish better than the Isles".  Really Brian?  Really?  Get with the program and wake up - what a joke

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:56 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

Christian Ehrhoff
Robyn Regehr
Jordan Leopold
Tyler Myers
Andrej Sekera
Marc-Andre Gragnani/Mike Weber

Good Looking D Lineup

Get 1 or 2 good offensive forwards and with Miller in goal, this team should be real good.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:01 am

Islanders ship Ehrhoff's rights off to Sabres

Like with Robyn Regher, Terry Pegula will put on the full court press to get Ehrhoff to sign with the Sabres. He will give him an offer that he just wont be able to refuse, probably 5-6 mil a year, maybe even 7. He can afford to overpay to get his man, which will show others in the league that the Sabres are truly serious about doing whatever it takes to win the Cup!

I doubt Erhoff is signing before July 1st.  There isn't another offensive dman like Erhoff available out there.... at least not an UFA anyway. He doesn't even turn 29 until next week so he's still young enough to do a lot of damage in the NHL.   His last 2 seasons have been his best of his career and he knows he's going to get paid.  The only other player similar to him but younger is Yandle on the Coyotes but he's a RFA and it'll take considerable compensation to sign him or a lot of talent in a trade... Erhoff is one of a kind this year.... he's going to test free agency.  

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