Christian Ehrhoff Traded From Islanders To Sabres, Signs 10-Year, $40M Deal

The Islanders tried signing Ehrhoff before giving up, but the Sabres were able to do it in a day.

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Christian Ehrhoff Signs $40 Million Deal With Sabres For 10 Years

A day after the New York Islanders traded Christian Ehrhoff to the Buffalo Sabres for a fourth-round draft pick, the 28-year-old defenseman has signed a deal with his new team. And it's a whopper, as far as duration goes at least: 10 years, $40 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie also provides the following annual salary breakdown:

Year 3: $4M; Year 4: $4M, Year 5: $4M; Year 6: $4M; Year 7: $3M; Year 8; $1M; Year 9: $1M, Year 10: $1M. Modified NTC. Cap hit=$4M/yr.

 That didn't take long. The team was able to lock up its new acquisition with almost a day to spare before the NHL's free agency period begins. The deal still leaves Buffalo with room to operate once free agents do start hitting the market.

For more on the Islanders, check out Lighthouse Hockey. For more on the Sabres, there's Die By The Blade, which figures that it will cost "at least $4.5 million" to keep Ehrhoff from free agency.

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Christian Ehrhoff Traded From Islanders To Sabres For Fourth-Round Pick

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for a 2012 fourth-round pick, the Associated Press reports.

The move comes hot on the heels of the Islanders themselves acquiring Ehrhoff for a fourth-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks. The Islanders were unable to sign Ehrhoff, so now they have a fourth-round pick again, and the Sabres will take a shot at him. New Sabres owner Terry Pegula has made it known that he won't be shy about spending money, so perhaps a deal can get done. The Sabres will have until Friday to swing a deal; if they can't, Ehrhoff will become a free agent.

Ehrhoff himself has yet to be informed of the deal:

"He's fast asleep. He doesn't know," Ehrhoff's agent, Richard Curran, told The Associated Press. And that leaves Ehrhoff and the Sabres about 36 hours to negotiate a deal before the NHL's free agency period opens Friday afternoon.

Ehrhoff, who turns 29 next week, had 14 goals and 36 assists for the Canucks in 2010-2011. 

For more on the Islanders, check out Lighthouse Hockey. For more on the Sabres, there's Die By The Blade, which figures that it will cost "at least $4.5 million" to keep Ehrhoff from free agency.

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