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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