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Report: Wings pursuing Ehrhoff in trade

Mar 3, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

The Red Wings are believed to be among teams interested in defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, whom the Sabres are shopping. He’s got seven more years on his deal after this season, at a $4 million cap hit. What’s better, though, is that $22 million of that 10-year, $40 million deal will have been paid off by the end of this season because it was front-loaded.

I don’t think the Wings would overpay to get him but he would fill a need for a top-four, offensively minded defenseman.

We welcomed Ehrhoff to the trade rumor mill last week, noting there’s lots to like about his contract. However, one thing that’s a potential problem down the line is the cap recapture clause in the new CBA. If Ehrhoff doesn’t feel like playing for a mere* $1 million per season in the final three years of his contract, unless his team can somehow find a way to put him on long-term injured reserve, a penalty would be assessed.

Ehrhoff would, however, seem to be a fit on a Wings blue line that used to boast the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Today, Niklas Kronwall is the only d-man who puts up a respectable number of points.

*relatively speaking

  1. rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Ummmm, did Holland forget that the Wings already have nothing but left-handed shots on the blueline?

    • lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I actually think this would be a real good trade for the Wings. They need puck-moving defenseman who can put up points and help in the O-zone. Maybe ship out Kindl and a pick for him and pair him with DeKeyser, that’d be a solid pair. Ehrhoff’s got a solid contract for the type of offense he can potentially bring, and last year he was even receiving dark-horse Norris talk. If I were Holland I would be looking into this.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        At the right price, I’m not opposed to bringing Ehrhoff on board– given that Holland also does something in the way of getting a right-hander for the PP. The PP has been hanging around the bottom 3rd of the league; Alfie can’t play both units and might be gone after this season. With that in mind Edler is a better fit and doesn’t come with the recapture clause risk (although someone below wrote that it doesn’t concern the Wings as much as the Sabres, something to read up about).

      • lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Agree that Edler is a better player. I think he’s a UFA after this or next season, however. He’d also have to be had for Ehrhoff as he’s a young two-way defenseman (and those never come cheap). Ehrhoff could be a real nice player for the rest of this year and maybe next until they can bring someone else in (preferably a righty).

      • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Edler is locked up until the 2019-20 season for 5mil/yr. Cap hit is 1mil more than Ehrhoff, but the term is a couple seasons shorter.

        (just saw that Buffalo is paying Tyler Myers 5.5mil/yr until 2019-20…)

  2. buddysguys - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Dont see it happening….next rumor!

  3. 101starmymedic - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Which is why you trade left-handed defenseman for left-handed defenseman…

    • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      That wouldn’t change the fact that what the Wings need is a RIGHT handed shot, not another lefty.

  4. smarshall3789 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    He needs to do something with the defense! Other then smith and dekyser this team has no future on the blue line! We have plenty of forwards coming up with talent we need a defenseman who can score bad!! Cause we all know Jonathan ericsson isn’t that guy!

    • redwinger6 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko, Jensen, and Backman might disagree with you.

  5. skr213 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    My god, even seeing his name in the same sentence as Lidstrom and Rafalski makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  6. AppealToReason - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I thought when he left the Canucks he was for sure going to become a Wing that summer.

  7. billsin20xx - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The story is a little misleading with the salary cap problem, at least according to the Bffalo News. The cap penalty would revert back to the Sabre’s – not his current team.

  8. hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Quincey to Sabres & Ehrhoff to Wings. Cap hit is nearly identical (3.75 Q vs. 4.0 E) but Q is going to want more than 4.0 for his new contract. Ehrhoff produces better points wise, both may be minus players but it’s easy to see why Ehrhoff would be on this year’s Sabres team.

    In the end it would be Wings replacing Quincey with Ehrhoff.

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Sounds like a good plan– and an unrealistic one. Why would the Sabres want such an expiring contract (especially when your thesis is that Quincey isn’t as good but will nonetheless want to be paid like Ehrhoff?)

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Only because it’s expiring and they wouldn’t have to deal with it after this summer.

        And Quincey will want to be paid more than 4.0M. I’d bet an entire bowl of tater tots on that.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Quincey can ask for whatever he wants, but the point is why would Sabres management simply dump Ehrhoff for nothing? To open up cap space? Think they don’t have options of doing that and getting a decent prospect or picks along with it?

    • lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Can’t see why the Sabres would trade a real solid defenseman in Ehrhoff for Kyle Quincey who has come under criticism nonstop for years…?

      • billsin20xx - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Don’t know enough about Quincy but you can’t say Errorhoff is a ‘solid’ d-man, he is a very good offensive d-man who is not a solid d d-man!

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Only because they’re in full on rebuild mode and Quincey’s contract expires this summer. They’d be paying him for around 1/4 of his salary and then they’d be rid of him. I guess the Wings could even keep part of that salary, too.

        I realize it’s pie-in-the-sky, but if I’m gonna dream I may as well make it a lop-sided deal for the team I follow.

  9. redwinger6 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Apparently Brough doesn’t understand the recapture penalty. Buffalo is on the hook for the entire penalty. You get penalized for the years where the salary exceeds the AAV (Annual Average Value) and thanks to that creative (read moronic) structuring of this deal that paid him $18 million in his first 2 seasons, those are the only years his salary is more than the cap hit.

  10. redwinger6 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    That said, unless Ehrhoff wants out or they can get quite a bit for him, it make no sense to trade him after paying that much money over the first 3 years of the deal

  11. redgreentape - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    This is nothing more then Holand blowing smoke to make fans thing he is going to make a trade. Then he can say he could not get it done.

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