Sabres' Christian Ehrhoff Reportedly Signs With German League's Krefeld

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.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has reportedly 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.

For more on the Buffalo Sabres, check out Die By The Blade. To keep up on all NHL news and CBA negotiations, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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