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Buffalo Sabres Begin Buyout Process On Christian Ehrhoff

vai TSN,

The Sabres appear to be readying Christian Ehrhoff's exit from Buffalo.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said Sunday that the Sabres have initiated compliance buyout procedures on the German defender.

He added that the buyout has not yet become official just yet but that the team has begun the process.

Ehrhoff scored six goals and added 27 assists in 79 games with the Sabres in 2013-14.

The 31-year-old has seven years remaining on a 10-year deal he signed with the Sabres prior to the 2011-12 season worth an average annual value of $4 million.

 

added 11:14am,

 

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Hootinani's avatar

Holy hell!!!!!!!!  You know what to do, Holland.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/29/14 at 09:38 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Well, start making your offers for Ehrhoff.  Here is TSN’s player info on him.

Ehrhoff may now be one of the most sought after UFAs.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 09:45 AM ET

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Kypreos tweet,

Sabres Ehrhoff has the option to not go on #NHL waivers. Won’t get his buyout agreement until he notifies club he is opting out of waivers

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 09:49 AM ET

Hank Scorpio's avatar

Boyle and Niskanen’s agents are cursing right now.  Does Ehrhoff shoot right?

Posted by Hank Scorpio on 06/29/14 at 09:50 AM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Yes!!!  More options for Ken. And more options for other teams resulting in less money and term hopefully for Boyle, and Niskanens camp.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 06/29/14 at 09:52 AM ET

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It would be awesome if Erhoff got another long term agreement that ended up being bought out in 2016.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/29/14 at 09:54 AM ET

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Adding couple another high end defenseman being added to the UFA pool to the lower-than-expected cap, one has to wonder if Niskanen and Boyle’s prices might have to drop a bit…

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 10:11 AM ET

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They most of really been worried about the cap recapture penalty as I’m sure the Wings and a couple other teams have been willing to try to trade for him.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 06/29/14 at 10:13 AM ET

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ALSO the fact that Ehrhoff has already been played his ‘big money’ seasons probably means his asking price is going to be more reasonable.

This could really change the way Tuesday shakes out…

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 10:13 AM ET

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He’s a lefty, so that still doesn’t fix our primary need.

Posted by bababooey on 06/29/14 at 10:28 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

doesn’t this just prove that erhoff never actually planned to play out his whole contact and this was cap circumvention.  Especially with how heavily front loaded it was

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/29/14 at 10:41 AM ET

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McKenzie tweet,

BUF’s buyout of defenceman Christian Ehrhoff has been finalized. He’s UFA.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 10:46 AM ET

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He’s a lefty, so that still doesn’t fix our primary need.

The primary need is a top-four defenseman, period.

It would be awesome to get a righty, but that’s more of a ‘desire’ than a ‘need’.

The Wings were reportedly interested in Ehrhoff via trade, and this is more attractive than having to give up prospects for him.

doesn’t this just prove that erhoff never actually planned to play out his whole contact and this was cap circumvention

The team buying him out proves that he wasn’t going to play the contract out?

That’s interesting logic…

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 10:46 AM ET

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Here’s a ‘wine and dine period’ question: is the UFA allowed to contact teams or do they have to wait for teams to contact them?

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 10:50 AM ET

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“The fact that he quite frankly doesn’t want to be here makes it easy,” Murray told The News. “I’ve said at the start that if you don’t want to be here we’ll make it happen. He’s made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on.”

more at the Buffalo News…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 10:51 AM ET

SYF's avatar

He’s made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. - Tim Murray

Oof.  That’s a subtle way of throwing him under the bus for being a part of the team’s woes.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/29/14 at 10:59 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There seems to be an abundance of sour grape GMs this year.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/29/14 at 10:59 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Sabres are now $20.5M below the cap floor.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 10:59 AM ET

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Sabres are now $20.5M below the cap floor.

Wow!

You know, I think Jakub Kindl for a 14th rounder would be a great deal.  Helps them get incrementally closer to the floor anyhow…

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 11:07 AM ET

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Yep Garth, McKenzie just tweeted stating the Sabres are willing to take on contracts some teams no longer want.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 11:09 AM ET

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Yep Garth, McKenzie just tweeted stating the Sabres are willing to take on contracts some teams no longer want.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/14 at 12:09 PM ET

Cleary to Buffalo?  LOL

Posted by SK77 on 06/29/14 at 11:14 AM ET

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Yep Garth, McKenzie just tweeted stating the Sabres are willing to take on contracts some teams no longer want

Nice!

Posted by SK77 on 06/29/14 at 12:14 PM ET

Dear God yes please!

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 11:29 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

their buying him out because they know he wont play out the rest of the contract and they would be screwed for cap recapture penalty.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/29/14 at 12:02 PM ET

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their buying him out because they know he wont play out the rest of the contract and they would be screwed for cap recapture penalty.

How do you know that they know?

They’re buying him out because either he wants out or they don’t want him anymore.  If he stayed with the Sabres and retired a year or two early then it wouldn’t be a big deal because he would’ve played several years earning at or below his cap hit.

But if they traded him now and he DID retire early they would be penalized for the recapture and nobody else would.

If he stayed, his recapture would be small and not unreasonable, if he were traded and retired early his recapture would be large and unreasonable.

For a team that is seemingly in a constant state of rebuilding neither keeping him around nor incurring a recapture penalty is something they want to do.

Posted by Garth on 06/29/14 at 02:39 PM ET

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