Ehrhoff Negotiating Rights Traded To Buffalo 4th Round Draft Pick

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/29/2011 08:55:00 PM | | |

Islanders website: Report the New York Islanders have acquired a fourth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the negotiating rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Has the following from General Manager, Garth Snow:

"We made a significant offer, "I don't want to get into specific numbers, but I felt like we made a good offer and a good run to get Christian to sign." Had a little more from Snow. Ehrhoff's agent, Richard Curran, said his client is asleep at this time in an Associated Press Update but it will be up to Ehrhoff to make the final decision.

NYIFC Comments:
When a player is days from UFA, has waited for the opportunity to pick and choose for years in many cases, he's obligated to test the market and make the best decision for himself.

This practice is becoming more common around the NHL, but still a new concept to the fans in general. In the end Snow got a day's negotiating rights for free. There is no law Ehrhoff if available cannot negotiate with the Islanders again come 7/1.

If not, next free agent. I'm impressed Snow was able to get back anything much less his fourth rounder this late.

Chicago Tribune: Report Buffalo traded negotiating rights to UFA defender, Steve Montador, for a seventh round selection.

NYIFC Comments:
Could be related to a possible Ehrhoff signing in Buffalo, or simply the Sabres know it cannot retain this player.
Former Islander James Wisniewski and Maxim Talbot were both traded under the same circumstances today.

Dwayne Rolson was resigned for three million dollars, no one is accepting discounts.
ITV updated it's exclusive interviews from last weekend's draft, with Jack Capuano, Doug Weight and many of the selections.

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