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.