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Ehrhoff: If Sabres ‘want to move me, they can move me’

Apr 30, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Christian Ehrhoff

We welcomed Christian Ehrhoff to the trade rumor mill back in February, so let’s re-welcome him now.

From the Buffalo News:

The 31-year-old is just three seasons into a 10-year contract signed in 2011. He has a limited no-trade clause, but the Sabres asked him to supply a list of teams to which he’d accept a trade. Nothing came of the talks, but there’s reason to believe chatter will begin again.

“I think if they want to move me, they can move me,” said Ehrhoff, who thinks he’ll be back next season. “So far, I do. We’ll see. Obviously, it’s not up to me and that remains to be seen.”

Whether he wants to be part of the Sabres’ rebuild is another matter.

“Um,” Ehrhoff said before taking a long pause. “I signed a long-term commitment with the team, and as long as they want me to be here I’m going to do my best for the team. That’s it.”

It stands to reason that Ehrhoff — who’s 10-year, $40 million deal was one of ex-Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s biggest moves — might not be in Buffalo’s future plans (another of Regier’s big gambles, Ville Leino, appears primed to be bought out this summer.)

Even without the Regier factor, Ehrhoff doesn’t seem like an ideal fit for the Sabres right now. He turns 32 in July and would be more suited to play on a team closer to winning a Cup, or at least contending for the playoffs. Buffalo also has a wealth of young blueline talent — Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, Jake McCabe, Mark Pysyk — that could probably use minutes at the NHL level rather than have them eaten by Ehrhoff, who the News said “often appeared uninterested as the season dragged on.”

Ehrhoff didn’t exactly downplay that assertion, either.

“It’s definitely tough with the season we had,” he said. “With a season like that, you’re glad to get it over with and start fresh with the new season.”

  1. stcrowe - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Just weeks after he played in the Stanley Cup Finals, he signed a long term deal with a team that soon stumbled into rebuilding mode. It sounds like he meant to say, “Trade me, please.” That won’t be easy with so much of the contract left.

    • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      You think they’d have trouble moving him? You may be right, I don’t know…but that contract is going to put him at what, 38 or so? Which is up there but not that bad, and the cap hit isn’t all that bad (in 5 years or so it will be a deal).

      • withseidelinn - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Agreed, if he can remain at an average or slightly above average production level for the last 2-3 years of that deal it won’t be very bad at all. I still think he gets moved though. BUF would probably be wisest to hold onto him and deal him at the deadline to a contender if he’s having a good year.

    • mshantz22 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      The Sabres should have no trouble moving him. He’s a solid offensive-defenseman, especially for a $4 million cap hit. Plus, his salary is $1 million the last 3 years of his deal.

  2. rbbbaron - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Given Ken Holland’s affinity for left-handed shots, I expect to see him wearing the winged wheel next Fall

  3. lovac2 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    or translated: “PLEASE! PLEASE, trade me! Just get me out of here already!”

  4. krebsy34 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Who can really blame him if he wants out. He came to a team that was attempting to make runs in the playoffs. That’s not how it turned out, and he probably wants a cup. I think he is handling this as best as anyone possibly could. Hope it works out for him.

    • elemeno89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Name me one player who doesn’t want a cup. That excuse for dealing a player is getting exhausted rather quickly. Especially with the fact that only one teams wins it each season. He could go to a contender with a far better chance of winning than Buffalo, but he signed the contract long term limited NTC he wanted back in 11. The fact that the team is losing shouldn’t be the reason the front office gains sympathy points for the guy, ultimately dealing him away.

      • krebsy34 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        I don’t understand how “he wants to win a cup” is an excuse, it’s a fact. Like you had stated. And you are right, only 1 team wins the cup each year however 9 teams have won it in the past 10 years. Which means he has a higher possibility of winning a cup by changing teams. Obviously.

        It also gets factored in that he has value that the Sabres don’t need. If they don’t move him they are missing out. They have (like stated in the article) a plethora of Dmen in the system. They don’t need a 31 year old dman who isn’t in the long term plans anymore. Regardless of his NTC, he can choose to waive it at anytime so that point is moot.

        He knows he probably isn’t in the plans, and he doesn’t want to play for a squad as bad as the Sabres. The point of my comment is that he is handling this like a pro. The Sabres gain no sympathy for moving him, they gain prospects, picks, players, whatever.

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