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SABRES SIGN CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF TO A LONG-TERM CONTRACT

Thursday, 06.30.2011 / 6:51 PM / News
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SABRES SIGN CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF TO A LONG-TERM CONTRACT
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a long-term contract. Buffalo acquired the exclusive rights to negotiate with Ehrhoff from the New York Islanders in a trade on Wednesday night.

Christian Ehrhoff
“I was originally going to wait and see what was available on the free agent market,” said Christian Ehrhoff. “After the Sabres acquired my rights and I spoke with Terry Pegula and Darcy Regier, I did my due diligence on the team and I was very impressed. I called some former teammates and others in the NHL who also had great things to say and I was aware that Robyn Regehr had waived his no-trade clause in his contract this week to join the Sabres. My goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and after the offer I received from Buffalo, I believe this is the best place to make it happen.”

Ehrhoff (7/6/1982, 6’2”, 203 lbs., shoots left) played with Vancouver this season and was seventh among all NHL defensemen in scoring. He posted career highs in points (50) and assists (36) in 79 games, and matched his career best with his second straight 14-goal season. Ehrhoff collected 28 (6+22) of his 50 points on the power play, good for fourth among NHL blueliners. He was also second on the team in blocked shots (108) and time on ice (23:59).

Ehrhoff played in all 23 of Vancouver’s Stanley Cup playoff games, and was second only to San Jose’s Dan Boyle in defenseman scoring with 12 points (2+10).

Christian Ehrhoff (Photo: Getty Images)
In 500 career games with Vancouver and San Jose, Ehrhoff has 226 points (53+173), 338 PIMs and is a plus-74. Ehrhoff, who turns 29 next Wednesday, has only missed 15 games in the past five seasons. He also has 34 points (7+27) in 73 career playoff games.

Ehrhoff is a veteran of international play, having represented Germany at the Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010. At just 19 years of age, Ehrhoff was the second youngest player in the 2002 Games.

A native of Moers, Germany, Ehrhoff was originally drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) by San Jose in the 2001 Entry Draft. After playing five seasons with San Jose, he was traded to Vancouver in August 2009.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
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4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
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14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82