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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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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Hey Magnum, I hear what you are saying, but Ottawa needs to want to trade him first. It doesn't seem like Murray wants to do that. Richards is no slam dunk, but its a weak market and he is head and shoulders ahead of the rest. I'm not crying if he goes elsewhere. But it seems like everything from the Sabres has been structured thus far to go after him on July 1st. They have addressed their other needs before the start of free agency and have left enough cap room top go after him. They have also been very clear they are serious, and that is I'm sure meant for Richards and his agent. 

BTW, Magnum what do you think of the hahke up in Philly. Its gutsy in my opinion, I kind of like it, but man you gave up on two good players....



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Lastly. Let the Rangers overpay for Richards. That is what they've done best this past decade anyhow. Plus, he and Torts can talk about 2004 when they lose in the first round. Again Buffalo, Spezza is much younger and will have the motivation of staying in the same division.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Well I must say the Sabres have asserted themselves thus far with Pegula writing the checks. However, I say buyer beware with Richards. He had a great year in a contract year and is 1) injury prone. 2) Over 30. A wiser move would be to sign Spezza and leave some flexibility for additional depth.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Well its a great time in Buffalo after what we have been through with the last several owners. To those who aren't impressed maybe you will be tomorrow. Getting Ehrhoff for a 4 million dollar cap hit is quite impressive. Who cares how much he gets in the first two years, he is going to be here a lot longer than 2 years. That was his reason to sign TODAY!!! Up front money. The important thing to realize about this deal is it is cap friendly and allows the Sabres to think about Richards, err I mean SIGN RICHARDS tomorrow. Take home message is simple, what Terry Pegula wants, Terry Pegula gets..... Thats a far cry from where this franchise was 7 months ago. GO SABRES!!! Don't think for a second Brad Richards and his agent didn't take notice today, I'm sure they did. Hockey Heaven is pretty cool!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

drinks44, thanks.  You got what I meant exactly.

Let's go Buffalo!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

redwings1968, for the record, I like Detroit and I have always appreciated your comments, too.  I have to think that you're just going off when you state:
please stop with the flying to the "middle of Canada" nonesense....  Buffalo to Calgary is a 3 hour flight

First; TP flew to northern Saskatchewan, which is geographically about the center of the country.  I am sorry if you thought I was too verbose, but I was just being literal.  The point that is missed when you fixate on such minutia is that Pegula is backing up his words with action, and it goes well beyond merely opening up his checkbook.  That's all.  (Of course, that's also a lot of justification for Sabres' fans for being excited.)



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

You are missing the point RedWings1969 - he is not making the point of it's a big deal to fly from Buffalo to Calgary he is making the point of that it's a big deal to the Buffalo organization...and there fans.  Ownership plays a big part in building championships and we have not had that commitment in years.  what you are reading is not the boasting of bloated buffalo fans saying our owner travel, yaaaahoooo; look at us!; it's the celebration that we have an owner who is willing to travel - for the right reasons, to convince players that they SHOULD want to play in Buffalo....to build something; a championship team.  There is a big difference there.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Well I questioned on another thread if this guy was worth all the fuss. I only got to see him in the finals and he like some others were very unimpressive. Hopefully he is good for Buffalo and I am not ragging on the guy yet,just want to see if the finals was a fluke.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

He is demonstrating it in every aspect of how he is running the organization, (from removing the Buffaslug from the scoreboard, to the reunification with the AHL Amerks, to getting on planes to fly to the middle of Canada to convince a player to give up his no-trade rights). 

I don't doubt Pegula really wants to win and I'm not questioning the guys passion, no doubt he's pretty serious about winning.  But please stop with the flying to the "middle of Canada" nonesense....  Buffalo to Calgary is a 3 hour flight, he didn't go to Iraq for God sakes... a 3 hour flight on a comfortable corporate jet with a limo waiting for him is hardly a lot of work.....  geez....



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

bonadrag75, you and I have had our disagreements, but I always appreciate your passion as a Sabres' fan.  I want to clarify something when I see you post: 
As Sabres fans can we stop pointing out Pegula is fixed on winning "multiple" Stanley Cups?
In my message I stated:
     He is taking concrete steps to demonstrate that he is very serious about winning, (not attempting to win), multiple SC's

Let me now add my original intended emphasis to hopefully point out that I am not holding the team to the unrealistic expectation that they will, or must, win multiple SC's.

He is taking concrete steps to demonstrate that he is very serious about winning, (not attempting to win), multiple SC's.

There is a big distinction between mouthing off, (like LBJ), and taking Pegula's approach of speaking quietly but carrying a big club.  (My apologies to Teddy Roosevelt.)  What else can reasonable fans expect than that their team is trying to win and win often?  If TP is not fixed on winning, what reason is there, really, for even being a fan?

I, for one, am a Sabres fan that not only applauds his refreshing boldness in proclaiming that which every team should have as their mission, but also that it is clearly not empty rhetoric.  Terry Pegula is demonstrating to the entire NHL that he meant what he said.  He is demonstrating it in every aspect of how he is running the organization, (from removing the Buffaslug from the scoreboard, to the reunification with the AHL Amerks, to getting on planes to fly to the middle of Canada to convince a player to give up his no-trade rights).  TP is demonstrating his commitment through his actions and that's a lot more than hot air!  It is also something the every Buffalo fan can justifiably be excited about.


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