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Buffalo Sabres Complete Buyout of Christian Ehrhoff’s Contract

June 29th, 2014 at 5:42 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres have parted ways with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, buying out the remaining seven years on the veteran's contract.

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Ehrhoff declined the waiver process Sunday, making him a free agent. he'd said during this past season that being on a rebuilding team is tough and that he might not have signed his 10-year, $40 million deal three years if he knew things would get that bad.

That attitude made the decision all the easier, General Manager Tim Murray told the Buffalo News:

"The fact that he, quite frankly, doesn't want to be here makes it easy. I've said at the start that if you don't want to be here, we'll make it happen."

Ehrhoff made $22 million of his front-loaded contract during his time with Buffalo. But Buffalo had concerns about penalties later on due to the CBA terms agreed upon a year ago. They call for money saved against the salary cap on long-=term deals to be tacked onto a team's salary cap if the player ore the deal ends. At age 31, Ehrhoff likely does not have seven more years in him – which also made him tough to trade.

Ehrhoff, serving as alternate captain last season, had six goals and 27 assists in 79 games while going an anemic -27 – which, to be fair, was easy to do on the lowest-scoring team in the NHL. Those point totals were actually highs for his Sabres tenure. Over 10 seasons with the Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, he's posted 69 goals and 244 assists in 692 games while going +51. He instantly becomes one of the top five free agents on the market this offseason.]

"Thanbks to the great community of Western New York, Sabres fans and (the) Sabres organization for welcoming me and my family with open arms these past three years," he said via Twitter.

The Sabres already faced a high hill just to hit the salary cap floor. Their cap number for 2014-15 now stands at $30.4 million, well short of the $51 million cap floor for next season. Murray said recently he expects to have no issues hitting the floor because "people will take our money." The Sabres do also have to sign restricted free agents Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, both of whom made six figures last season but figure to become millionaires this offseason.

 

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