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Welcome Christian Ehrhoff to the trade rumor mill

Feb 28, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT

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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger reported this week that general manager Tim Murray is listening in on offers for almost every player on the roster and McKenzie added Friday that while there’s no guarantee he’ll be traded, the Sabres have asked blueliner Christian Ehrhoff for – as his no-trade clause stipulates – a list of eight teams he doesn’t want to be traded to.

It’s not clear if Ehrhoff has to submit his list every season, or if it’s only upon request. Obviously, the latter case would mean more.

An offensive blue-liner, Ehrhoff is signed all the way through 2020-21 for a very manageable cap hit of $4 million. The 31-year-old’s contract is aggressively front-loaded, with his salary falling to just $1 million by 2018-19 (which does, of course, bring a potential cap-recapture penalty into the equation should he retire before the term is up).

McKenzie also tweets that teams could be calling the Sabres about defenseman Tyler Myers.

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    If Boston were to look Myers would be a scaring paring of Chara and him.

    Their wingspan with their sticks would cover the entire zone. LOL

    • beyor35 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Svedberg or Subban and our 1st rounder to Buffalo for Myers and their 3rd back… Pipe dream but you can’t stop the imagination from running…

  2. skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I would literally bet my car that no one is willing to take on Errorhoff’s ABSURD contract.

    • cantescapekarma - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      What is left of the contract is actually pretty reasonable. He is owed 4 million for the next 3 seasons, then 3 million for 1 season and then 1 million for the last 3 seasons. If you ask me, I think that is a pretty reasonable contract for a player like Ehrhoff…

      • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Fair enough, I’m stuck in the past! That actually is pretty decent. But woe to any team that takes him on. He can move the puck on the PP, but he is a serious liability in his own zone.

      • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Although, capgeek is still listing him as being a $4mil cap hit for every year of the remainder of the contract. Not sure if they structured it that way so that the $10mil and $8mil in the first two years got spread out? Does that spread liability go with him to a team if he’s traded?

      • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        The cap hit will stay the same – just because his salary is $1M towards the end, it doesn’t mean his hit is $1M. This is oversimplifying things a bit, but a players annual cap hit over the course of a contract is the total amount the player will earn over the contract divided by the number of years (bonuses are included, but that gets complicated also). It’s basically an average.

      • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        hockey412: that’s what I thought – so I’ll stand by my original statement. I don’t think they’ll be able to unload him.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Its not absurd at all comparing his numbers to a 4 mil hit as a defenceman.

      On paper the money for the team on this front loaded contract is very reasonable. Especially at the tail end.

  3. nunan - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    With McQuaid’s injury setback being reported, it only increases the Bs need to make a legit move to tighten up the D for a playoff run. Theyve been interested in Phillips for a long time so that seems like the most likely scenario, especially since they’re looking for a Seidenberg type player. All the arrows point to him – veteran, expiring contract, years of interest from Bs, Chiarelli’s link to Ottawa, etc. Not a huge move but one that seems to be more and more necessary. The thought of Myers joining Chara, Hamilton, and Boychuk as a member of the top 4 is fun to think about but that’s just one of those deadline stories that has no chance of happening. Myers isn’t being traded. Same with Kesler, etc. It’s easy to pick out those rumor-filled, media driven deadline stories at this point. Same with St. Louis…that story just randomly appeared. TB is a top team in the east with it’s star about to return. They’re not trading a core member of their team.

  4. westsidewilly - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I’d take a bag of pucks a a couple of cases of Molson Canadian to get rid of Myers and his insane contract.

    • elemeno89 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Yes. Because Dreger reporting Myers as a “hot commodity” actually means he is a crappy player with a crappy contract that would be better off exchanged for a case of beer and a bag of pucks.

  5. darksidecowboy - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Dallas could sure use Ehrhoff, not sure if the Stars have the goods to pull off the trade but GM Nill could figure it out.

  6. jaxsoa83 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    buffalo will NEVER trade myers to Boston not in a million years so bruins fans can forget that idea quick

  7. djshnooks - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Malcolm Subban and a 1st for Tyler Myers AND a draft pick? Lmao, keep dreaming.

    The only way Myers is traded is if an elite NHL-ready top-6 forward is coming back.

    His salary is not horrible, he is still only 21…and he is starting to get back to the form that saw him win a Calder trophy.

    Same with Ehrhoff. He is a minute-eating, puck-moving defenseman…with a low cap hit for a player of his caliber.

    • moarjam - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      RE: Myers

      No. His contract IS horrible…who gives that type of contract to a kid that young? He’s not some generational talent.

      He’s not 21..He’s 24. He’ll probably end up being a pretty solid player but no team is going to touch that contract (with all the risk) AND give up crazy assets for a guy as inconsistent and soft as him.

  8. rabidbillsfan - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I’m with Shnooks. Ehrhoff was mentioned in the Norris conversation by a few guys last season. You can’t put value on a guy with the way he is playing with the Sabres this season. They are not good, so obviously all players numbers are down and they will look less like themselves. Ehrhoff has been rock solid of late and has been producing solid numbers. He’s not a shut down D-man, he’s essentially a 4th forward. Myers has been playing lights out as well. Shipping him with the way he has played under Nolan seems a bit absurd. Ehrhoff makes sense, his age and contract make him less likely to be effective when the time comes for the team to turn the corner, Myers can be a cornerstone of the youth movement. I’d say “hands off” for Girgensons, Hodgson, any of our AHL-NHL ready D-men, I’d hate to see Ennis go, but a contract fight is looming, and after that, I’m hard pressed to find a guy that is worth keeping.

    • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      If you’d followed Errorhoff since his days with San Jose and Vancouver, you’d know he’s one of the most overrated Dmen in the league. He is a liability in his own end. Ask any San Jose or Vancouver fan if they want him back at a $4mil per year cap hit for the next SEVEN years and NO ONE will take that offer. That speaks volumes.

      • jovocop2112 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        As a Canucks fan, I would take him back if he could fix the power play…

      • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Well, I never said Canucks fans were smart. :-) (yes, I understand I’m alone on this one, but Errorhoff is just hte worst defensive liability and no one will be able to change my mind. I HATED him when he played for my Sharks and literally shouted for joy when he got traded)

  9. rabidbillsfan - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM


    You lose all credibility in any assessment by making up a “Nickname” for a player. If you have watched him of late, (i.e; last 3 seasons.) You would see his offensive numbers are what would drive his value, not his defensive prowess. As I stated earlier, he is essentially a 4th forward on the ice. He has a wicked shot, has great offensive instincts, and while he is a liability in his own zone, he’s not a pylon either. I can think of more than a 1/2 dozen teams that would love to add what he has to their playoff ammunition. The only thing I do not understand in all of this, is, by dumping the salary associated with these trades, how in the world will the Sabres hit the cap floor next season??

    • skr213 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I didn’t make that nickname – it was standard in NorCal when he played here. Also, I grew up in Rochester, so I do follow the Sabres and have watched him in the last 3 seasons. Defense wins championships and he is a liability. End of story.

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