March 19, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) skates during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Buffalo Sabres defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehroff has signed a deal to play with Krefeld Pinguine of the German elite league during the NHL lockout.
Ehrhoff began his career with Krefeld, playing with the German team from 1999-2003, when he signed with the San Jose Sharks. During the 2004-05 lockout Ehrhoff played with Cleveland Barons of the AHL rather than returning overseas. Ehrhoff signed with the Sabres during the 2011 offseason after scoring a career best 50 points with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11. In the 2011-12 season Ehrhoff scored five goals and dished out 27 assists in 66 games. He was scheduled to make $8 million this season with the Sabres in the second year of a 10-year, $40 million deal.
It is expected that Ehrhoff could play in his first game in Germany as early as Friday.
Expected to play first game Friday. RT @mastrozyk: Krefeld announce they have signed Christian Ehrhoff. #NHL
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