Will the Sabres be able to Sign Ehrhoff?


In a little over 24 hours, we’ll all be a little crazier here in Hockey Heaven, as the UFA frenzy kicks off (noon, Friday).

Until then, we have much to Tweet about, as the Sabres have acquired the rights to negotiate with Christian Ehrhohfhfh Ehrhoff. Let’s take a look at his dry stats:

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226 points in 500 games really leaps off the page. (Click for full size.)

He will come at a hefty price, and will likely price us out of the Brad Richards sweeps. I’m ok with that however, for two reasons.

First, here’s a look at how our defense could pair up on October 7:

  • Regehr-Ehrhoff
  • Myers-Leopold
  • Weber-Gragnani
  • Sekera

That gives us five guys who can really dish the biscuit offensively, in Ehrhoff, Myers, Leopold, Gragnani and Sekera, and three guys who can really dish out the lights-out hits in Myers, Regehr, and Weber. This defensive unit would immediately be one of the best in the East, and would fulfill that glaring need to veteranize the defense in order to make a true run at Lord Stanley.

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The second part of this deal that appeals is the fact that it takes us out of the Richards sweeps. I have been, and remain in, the “Sign Brad Camp,” but at 31 and coming off a concussion, more than a couple alarm bells go off in the back of my head when I envision him on our bench medical room for the next 5-10 years.

Instead, this Ehrhoff deal gives Regier the ability to utilize his glut of young defenseman on the trade market to land a center. Take your pick over Stastny, Spezza et al – so long as they are studs, and younger than Mr. Richards then we’re in better shape. Darcy’s playing cards would include Sekera, Weber, and Gragnani as well as prospects Brayden McNabb, Mark Pysyk, and even Drew Schiestel (AHL All Star last year).

As an added bonus, the addition of Ehrhoff could possibly help to bring fellow Deutschlander Jochen Hecht back to his potential.

Sure. Tomorrow is the big day, but forgive us, NHL world, if we Buffalonians are already getting a little crazy – because it seems like Pegula and Black are really delivering on their promise to build a Cup contender.

Good luck tomorrow (and today), Darcy.

Go Sabres.

See Also: “July 1st Live Chat,” “Where Are They Now?” and “ #BradRichardsToBuffalo