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Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 7:07 pm

Less than 24 hours before acquiring his rights and just hours before free agency begins, the Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a long-term contract, the team announced Thursday evening.

Bob McKenzie of TSN reports the deal could be for 10 years and $40 million.

Since turning down an offer to stay with the Canucks, Ehrhoff had his rights sent to the Islanders. After trying to sign him to a deal, Isles GM Garth Snow accepted that he would not be able to entice Ehrhoff to sign, he shipped his rights to Buffalo and a match was made.

Now Ehrhoff joins a retooled defensive corps in Buffalo that includes newcomer Robyn Regehr. Add in young Tyler Myers and they have the makings of a very nice blue line.

Ehrhoff brings plenty of offense from the back end, scoring 14 goals with 36 assists last season for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks.

The Detroit Red Wings figured to be big contenders for Ehrhoff's services but they never got the chance. Instead they will have to look at the rest of the defensive market, which gets even paltrier without Ehrhoff available.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:00 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Impressive signing by Buffalo. 10 years is a long time, but right now the move looks good. They'd better hope he doesn't run into injury trouble. I'm shocked really that he didn't at least test the market. But I guess the Sabres did a great job getting him inked.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:50 am

Kudos to Buffalo

Its nice to see this team finally going after some high quality the past it has seemed like the Buffalo sports teams refused to sign or retain any elite players and thats why they got the nickname bluecollar team, but with no hardware to show for it ,i hope they can combine the work ethic and higher grade talent to finally bring a championship or two to a small city with a big heart

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:40 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

You guys know Buffalo's getting Richards today - right?  I'm mean, just saying....then all you Philly, NY haters can do what you do off your inferiority complex and bash Buffalo, even tho it's a 100 times better place to live (I should know I've worked in both s-holes you call home) hahahahaha LET'S GO BUFFALO!!!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:05 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

facerake.  One team wins it every year so you can make the argument that no team gets it together in the playoffs.  In the last 7 years there have been 28 teams that have made it to the conference finals, the Sabres are 2 of them.  That leaves 26 slots for the remaining teams.  Do the math there and you'll quickly realize your ignorant.  I'd say making it to 2 conference finals is "getting it together", just not reaching the ultimate goal.  If you want to be negative, go troll on a NY Islanders site and talk about how they couldn't even get Ehrhoff to be interested in playing for them

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:28 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Lizard, no I'm not laughing at the Sabres, but it's a hard team to figure out.  Always lots of good young talent, but never seem to get it together in the playoffs.  Even with these moves, I still don't believe the Sabres have the playoff horses where they were again unimpressive across the board.  Regehr and Ehrhoff won't really change that.  Perhaps Richards is the guy you need most.  As for Ehrhoff, I'm always a bit suspicious of guys coming off best/contract seasons.  I think a 10-year deal will likely de-motivate him.  To top it off, Ryan Miller is really just mediocre stats-wise and there's a lot of cap money tied up in his perennial 2.6ish GAA.  Then, of course, one has to wonder if maybe Ruff isn't the right guy?  Hard team to figure out.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:14 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Buffalo blows.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:11 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

You can bet that these front end loaded deals are going to be addressed in the next CBA. This is another situation where the Hoff will likely retire before 38. However, if you're going to go long-term, at least this guy is only 28.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:01 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

only on the 1st day of the season and thats b/c alphabetical order fool

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:59 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

This signing and Regehr last week makes Buffalo a team to beat next season.  Brad Richards would be icing on the cake.  Hopefully the Sabres will part ways with Connolly and a few others.

Lineup should look as follows next season:

Vanek - Center (Richards?Spezza?Stastny?) - Stafford
Pominville - Roy - Boyes
Gerbe - Adam - Ennis
McCormick - Gaustad - Kaleta

(buy out Hecht for cap space- Kassian waiting for a chance to make the team as well.)

Ehrhoff - Leopold
Myers - Regehr
Weber - Gragnani

(I wouldn't mind seeing Sekera go in a trade - enough d-men in Roch to support this group in case of injuries - McNabb, Brennan, Schiestel)


Looks like a contender on paper if they can get the deal done for a top center

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:44 am

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Lastly. I will hope Boston waits another 39 years. I was happy for Mark Recchi who's 3 years older than me and an ex Flyer. It's awesome that he won a cup 20 years after his first. Hopefully this will cement his place in Toronto. Heck, the guy won a cup before Tyler Seguin was born.LOL.

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