NHL Rumors V: Sabres Buying Out Ehrhoff, Kings, Coyotes and Leafs

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres will be buying out defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff has declined the waiver process. The fear of the cap recapture penalty made him virtually untradable.

    “Since I got here we’ve talked about this,” Murray, who was hired in January, told The News this morning in Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “We’ve talked about his contract. We’ve talked about the repercussions of the contract with the penalties that the league has put on it. It’s been an ongoing discussion.”

    Ehrhoff was also not interested in being in Buffalo during their rebuild.

    “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.”

    The Sabres currently sit just about $20.6 million under the salary cap floor. They have Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

  • Robert Paredes: The Kings would be able to afford Christian Ehrhoff if they dumped Robyn Regehr.
  • Sarah McLellan: Eight teams have called on Coyotes pending UFA Thomas Greiss, still in talks with a few.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have kicked tires on at least six UFAs so far including: Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Without the Ducks and Predators in on Jason Spezza, price for him would seemingly be shrinking.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on signing 2014 1st round pick Sam Reinhart“They’re going to ask for a lot. I’m going to think it’s too much, and they’re going to get it.”


  1. Hankbemis

    06/29/2014 at 2:20 pm

    It seems like players have incentive to sign a big front loaded contract, underperform, get bought out, and be a UFA all over again (in a perpetually small UFA market). That’s what it sounds like with ehrhoff. Is there something I’m missing abt his UFA status, or anything else that would make this not the case??

  2. Hankbemis

    06/29/2014 at 3:11 pm

    If it’s true that the wings are looking at trading for lefty Paul Martin (w only one year left), I’d say it’s a slam-dunk that they will go hard after Christian ehrhoff.

  3. Chris

    06/29/2014 at 4:02 pm

    I hear the wings are going after a righty since they have zero right handed defensemen.

    They also have just under 6 million dollars in cap space to sign 5 more roster players including Tatar, Sheehan and DeKeyser. My guess is that those three alone will cost the wings 4 or 5 mil leaving very little for Ehrhoff unless then can clear room before Tuesday.

    The player that makes most sense for the Wings is Boyle if they can get him on a one year bonus laden contract. The CBA allows for one year deals to be loaded with bonuses so they could conceivably fit Boyle in and sign those guys which sucks for me as a Leaf fan as I want them to sign Boyle.

    My guess is that Nonis gives Ehrhoff 2 or3 mil more than he’s worth and he ends up being another bad contract!

  4. GaryMagic

    06/29/2014 at 4:14 pm

    Wings only have 6 million? Where is your info coming from? They have roughly 20 million. They have 50 million committed to players already, 30 in forwards, 7 in goalies, and 13 in defensmen.

  5. Matt

    06/29/2014 at 4:42 pm

    Didn’t the leafs just trade a left handed guy for a righty? It doesn’t make sense unless ehroff is cheap for them to sign him I think. It strangles gardiner and Reilly for playing time. Don’t think they would sign him.

    Stranger things have happened though so who knows!

  6. Hankbemis

    06/29/2014 at 4:44 pm

    The wings are expected to have between $9-10m to spend after signing their 3 RFAs. That’s why I said $6m to niskanen and 3+ bonuses to iginla.

  7. Derail

    06/29/2014 at 4:50 pm

    How to properly rebuild Toronto. Please note I am going into 2014-2015 tanking and going after McDavid. Give the prospects NHL experience. Build trade players value.

    Resign (not including the Marlies players who won’t play in NHL next season anyways)
    Holland-2 yrs/1m per
    D’Amigo-2 yrs/800,000 per
    Bodie-1 yr/600,000
    Ashton-1 yr/700,000
    Gardiner-3 yrs/3.2m per
    Ranger-1 yr/900,000
    Reimer-1 yr/2.5m
    Franson-1yr/3.5m per

    UFA to sign
    Komorov-2 yrs/2.5 per

    D’Amigo-Holland-Brown (keep them together for NHL experience all season)



    Trade deadline
    Players to trade for prospects and draft picks
    -Clarkson (If he has a tradeable year)

    After trading Phaneuf ROTATE THE CAPTAINCY on a weekly basis to build leadership then in the 2015-2016 season rotate it monthly.

    Draft McDavid if Leafs win the Lottery and keep rebuilding.

    It is not time to add to the Leafs. It is time to tank and do a serious rebuild and culture change.

  8. Parminder

    06/29/2014 at 11:17 pm

    There have been less updates from the sites, especially considering its the most important time to get updated rumors.. just saying.

  9. ChrisB

    06/30/2014 at 12:16 am

    Well, that didn’t work. lol

    Basically, TB is making some cap room for July 1, probably for a Dman. Not sure who Edm 2C is now, though. lol

  10. ea80

    06/30/2014 at 12:42 am

    Ehrhoff is the kind of Defender the Rangers need for years. Especially on the powerplay.

  11. Dan

    06/30/2014 at 1:30 pm

    Ehrhoff is a #1 on many teams and the Sabre’s fans are out of their minds pissed off….check diebytheblade.com. They went from bad to the worst team in the history of the NHL. I’m sure it no coincidence that the cutoff for renewing Sabre season tickets was last week otherwise this could have been the last straw for many.