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Ehrhoff in Limbo

06/29/2011 at 6:27pm EDT

Yesterday the Canucks traded with the NYI, for a 4th round pick next year in return for the rights to negotiate with Christian Ehrhoff. Today, Chris Botta noted at Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders have made their pitch to Christian Ehrhoff and his agent, Rick Curran. Several people have been involved in the recruiting of Ehrhoff, including former teammate Michael Grabner, who called from Austria to endorse the Islanders and Long Island.

It is now the evening in Germany. We should find out in the next few hours if Ehrhoff will accept Garth Snow’s long-term offer – believed to average close to $6 million per year – choose to become a UFA on Friday, or ask to sleep on the offer and decide on Thursday.

But a little while ago, negotiations broke down with the Islanders. How any negotiation could ever break down with an offer of $6 million per year, god only knows, but Katie Strang with the Daily News reports:

Talks between Ehrhoff and the Islanders broke down this afternoon and, according to two people familiar with the situation, GM Garth Snow sent out a mass email gauging interest from other teams.

I live in this little fantasy world sometimes. In my fantasy world, Ehrhoff wanders around the NHL for the next two days, watching picks fly from one team to the next, then on Friday afternoon, decides to sign with the Canucks for about $1.5 million per for 5 years.

Make it happen, hockey gods.

If it works out, we’ll even forgive you for that Keith Ballard contract.

Update 5:05pm ET: Islanders trade Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights to the Sabres for a 4th round pick.

Nice save, NYI! :)

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