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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 20, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Paying this guy $40 million for 10 years is nuts. People called Wang a dope for doing similiar things with Alexi Yashin and DP but it's a-ok for other owners to pull the same shit? It's not.

I would also like to know just how CE is getting 2 signing bonuses for ya know signing one contract?

Seems like a loophole to me.

Anyway good luck to the Sabres I think CE is a good #2 D-man and will play pretty well for ya with Miller in net. You vastly overpaid but then again any team was going to overpay this year.




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

At least Buffalo has an owner that's willing to spend and is serious about making the team a contender. Regehr and Ehrhoff are good signings. Ehrhoffs contract is a little ( and I mean alot) long, but if you're a small market team you're going to have to take some risks. $4 million a seaon is that bad for a guy like Ehrhoff. Now a decent forward or 2 and they'll be competing for that conference.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

 The Sabres may have given an overly generous ten year term, but it's not absurd. 

After thinking about it a little more I understand why the Sabres did it.  You're right, the Sabres aren't the Wings quite yet, it takes time to earn the players trust around the league so they have no choice but to overpay to get it done.   And another positive note for the Sabres is under the current rules if nothing changes the NHL has a buyout clause in place so the Sabres have an out down the road.  If after let's say 6 years Erhoff isn't the same player anymore he'll only have about 16 million left in his deal.  They can buy him out for about 11 spread out over 8 years with just under a 1.5 million dollar cap hit....  so after further review the deal isn't as bad as it appeared to me before and the Sabres get their man..... 



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Man, it's funny how fired up people get....and so quick.  Sabres fans; don't sweat the small stuff - this a great signing and evidence that Pegula has truly arrived and the culture has changed.  There are going to be those that say, "wow, 10 years - $40mil....RIDICULOUS!"  So be it - they don't understand the NHL or the economics....or even the psychology here:

First the contract - there is a limited no trade clause which works well for erhoff and will make sure he gets the majority of the $40mill...fine, the sabres didn't sign him with the intention to not pay him; translation = non-issue.  Plus it's front loaded and back light which means after 6 or 7 years the sabres can buy him out at a reasonable cost with a minimal cap hit if performance tails off.  $4mil against the cap for 10 years - christ considering connelly was like $4.5 against the cap the last two seasons, this is a bargain!

Second - the haters; especially those who say, "yeah he produced in the regular season but disappeared in the finals, blah blah blah" I say, are you kidding me?  who DID produce in the finals for Vancouver?  The Sedins?  ummmmmm, NO!  so based on that philosophy, you naysayers wouldn't want them either?  or keslar, or Luongo or name a canuck player that had a great regular season and a crappy finals - give me a break.  Yes the guy was minus 13 in the finals but my god, how many of those were from the joke soft goals luongo let in in Boston?....vancouver was out classed from top to bottom in those finals, and erhoff's -13 was an extremely small piece of that, they breakdown as a whole.  I'll take his 14 goals and 50 points from the blue line any day in the regular season and gladly roll the dice with him in the playoffs in Lindy's system with the solid goaltending of Miller to bail him out when he presses - after all that's why we are signing him.

Third - enjoy this sabres fans; it's June and it's fun for us - it's incredible.....don't let the jealousy of other team fans affect you; case in point, the bruins just won the cup and they are old news already - who know who isn't? BUFFALO!

Oooooooh now do you believe - NOW DO YOU BELIEVE!!!!!! 

 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

As Sabres fans can we stop pointing out Pegula is fixed on winning "multiple" Stanley Cups? I know Pegula said and I love him for it, but it just sounds so Lebron James. Let's worry about one first and they we can start talking dynasties. 

Yeah. That guy needs to stop talking for sure. I honestly don't have a problem with the Sabres, not at all.  But to talk like that is stupid... this is the new NHL with salary caps, a lot more teams then back in the day and the talent spread out a lot thinner then the past... the parity is unbelievable.  I still think the 4 cups and 6 finals appearances in the last 16 years for the Wings is amazing and I'm tickled to death to be a fan of a team that's consistent in such a tough league....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

And adding to your being a horrible teacher, teams fill out 20 to 23-man rosters, not 17. . So teams aren't paying only 17 players, most fill out the max size at 23, unless they're having salary cap issues. So, even at the minimum, 20 x $4 = $80 mill. I don't know where you got the idea teams being able to pay $4 mill/yr for every player being a viable option. 

It's actually almost always 23....... there aren't even a handfull of exceptions to that rule in an entire season.  An extra 2 forwards and 1 extra dman on the roster is necessary... injuries occur and teams can't always have players going up and down from the minors.  Players have to clear waivers, etc   And if it's a young player on a 2 way deal the last thing they want to do is screw up his playing time and progression.....



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

As Sabres fans can we stop pointing out Pegula is fixed on winning "multiple" Stanley Cups? I know Pegula said and I love him for it, but it just sounds so Lebron James. Let's worry about one first and they we can start talking dynasties. 



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Hmm ok. Thanks devsfan.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

Uh r0thlis07BuRG... The Islanders did buy out Yashin's contract in June 2007.The contract was bought out for $17.63 million, two-thirds of the amount left on the contract, paid over 8 years.


The buyout formula is convoluted. A player under age 26 can be bought out for 1/3 of the remaining contract spread over twice the number of years remaining while a player over 26 can be bought out for 2/3 over twice the remaining years. Figuring out the cap hit is where it gets crazy. If the cap hit and actually salary were the same each year, then simple math takes 1/3 or 2/3 of amount remaining and devides that by the years remaining by 2. When the hit and salary don't match, a complex formula determines how much was already pd, versus the cap hit taken and determines the annual hit. If I tried to explain it any further, my head would explode.

This might help.





Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Sabres sign Ehrhoff to long-term contract

I'm also wagering that if you got this guy at only 4 mil when the Islanders offered closer to 5 a year....you'd be pretty happy too

What? I'm a Pens fan there buddy


Take your hating somewhere else

What hating? Pointing out that just because your owner is a billonaire is irrelevant in a salary cap league is now considered being a hater? News to me.


Essentially if it goes up by that much in the next 2 years the cap will be 72 mil and he's only 4 of it

It would be great for the NHL for the Cap to go up $5 mill every year, but that won't always be the case. The Cap went up $5 mill this year because of the new tv contract with versus/nbc sports. It's not a given that the Cap will go up that much every year.

 An NHL team starts 12 forwards, 6 defenseman and a goalie....17 players

Holy **** have you ever taken a math class in your life? 12 + 6 + 1 = 17?  I'd give you the benefit of the doubt, owing to a typo, but you went on to say 17 again in your next sentence. If you're going to school me, please double-check your posts.

And adding to your being a horrible teacher, teams fill out 20 to 23-man rosters, not 17. . So teams aren't paying only 17 players, most fill out the max size at 23, unless they're having salary cap issues. So, even at the minimum, 20 x $4 = $80 mill. I don't know where you got the idea teams being able to pay $4 mill/yr for every player being a viable option.

Not to mention, 17 x 4 = $68 mill, which is higher than the Cap is now by $5 mill. Were you thinking when you typed that?


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