The Vancouver Canucks have traded defenceman Christian Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Ehrhoff is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. The Islanders will have exclusive negotiation rights with the German veteran until then.

Sources say Ehrhoff was offered the same deal blueliner Kevin Bieksa received on Monday – a new five-year, $23 million contract that includes a no-trade clause.

The 28-year-old was acquired by the Canucks from San Jose prior to the 2009-10 season. In two years with Vancouver, he posted back-to-back 14-goal seasons, the two best totals of his seven-year career.


  1. mapleleafsfan says:

    Would anyone claim barker off of waivers?

    He's been pretty bad the past couple of years but put up impressive numbers a couple years ago.. I've never really watched him play so I don't know much about him but at 3 million I don't see it as that big of a gamble? I guess if he's really fallen off that much you don't want him taking ice time from others but if he could regain some form he was showing in chicago he could really be a steal.
  2. 93killer93 says:


  3. mapleleafsfan says:

    Barker is on waivers you don't have to trade for him

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I would…Low risk, high reward.

    If he gets back to his days in Chicago, Toronto would have a championship winning D.

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I really like this move by NYI, hopefully they can get him signed.

    Everyone talks about the Edmonton rebuild, but the Isles are doing a nice job as well…Same with Florida.

  6. hockeylegend488 says:

    your right they are comparible rebuilds to say the last. Both adding franchise players annually . Will be cool to see them go head to head for the cup each year again like the 80s . 

  7. Jets_Back says:

    Last season the Panthers had 9 picks in the top 100. This year, they grabbed another 7 players in the top 100 in the draft.

    Florida has a ton of kids:

    Nick Bjugstad
    Quinten Howden
    Drew Shore
    John MacFarland
    Evgeny Dadonov
    Jack Skillie
    Drew Shore
    Jonathan Huberdeau
    Rocco Grimaldi

    Erik Gudbranson
    Keaton Ellerby
    Dimitri Kulikov
    Colby Robak
    Rasmus Bengtsson

    Jakob Markstrom

    Not sure how much better Florida would be if they got greater value out of Grabner and Frolik but they are on the right track.

    It will not shock me either if they add Cam Barker off waivers. Tallon knows him well from his Chicago days. Weiss and Booth are not that old either.

    Its pretty encouraging. It is too bad no one really cares about the Panthers in Florida.

    Garth Snow is a shrewd GM. It is unfortunate he is poor at hiring head coaches. If he improves in that area, the Islanders will be a force to be reckon with.

    New York as well has lots of under 25 players.


    De Haan


    The additions of Parenteau, Grabner, Montoya, Moulson was tremendous. They are also scoring with late picks like Nielsen, McDonald and Poulin.

    It would be great again to see the Islanders thrive. But they really need a re-invigorated Long Island and new arena to usher in their new era.

    To me, Edmonton is the best of the 3.

    They are ridiculously stacked. If they ever get a goalie, wow. My preference for the Oilers is to take a run at Vokoun. Yes, they do have the expensive Khabibulin already. But he is tradeable. Probably even back to Tampa Bay.

    I think Vokoun would stabilize Edmonton so much and that would be such a boost for such a young team. He is so use to now to see lots of rubber, having all this inexperience in front of him won't phase him one bit.




  8. Rickstricker says:

    Why? Classy defender, taking into account how often defy injured in Vancouver had to keep him in the team. I am in sorrow


  9. DannyLeafs says:

    The oilers rebuild is going well, but not because of impressive management. Thier biggest weakness is that they aren't adding anybody except top picks. They haven't shown the ability the Islanders have to add good players without drafting them high.

    I am not saying they aren't in good shape, but it has a lot to do with luck of the draw and awful finishes.

    Can you imagine how bad things would be if that offer sheet to Vanek wasn't matched. I know we can't speculate exactly what Buffalo would have ended up with as adding Vanek to the oilers could have changed where they finished, but one thing is for certain: the oilers wouldn't have Paajarvi, Hall, Eberle, or RNH.

    That would have put them so far behind.

  10. 93killer93 says:

    I actually didn't know that.  I would definitely take him. Worst case scenario we bury him in the minors for the rest of the year.

  11. albertateams says:

    I would for sure, the guy has loads of potential, playing for the Wild has trashed his confidence. Its only a one year deal so it pretty low risk, if it works out great if not let him walk next off season. He's only 25, I really think Edmonton should pick him up, the Oilers get first crack at him, they need defense, they have tons of cap room, seems like a no brainer for Tambellini.

  12. JoelLeafs says:

    Fvck you. Take you ads and go somewhere else. This site has enough BS between Kramer and L FAG, and it sure doesn't need more ads.

  13. TheOnlyIslesFan says:
    Nice  to hear someone give the Isles rebuild some credit – it's being done properly and under the radar because everyone thinks that Garth Snow is an idiot.
    Outside of the Dipietro contract (which wasn't Snow's doing – Milbury and Wang put this in motion before Snow came on board) every move that Snow has made has been for the good of the organization and not one that has hindered it in anyway, something that no Islanders fan has been able to say about our GM since the days of Torrey!
  14. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Are you kidding Kramer is the heartbeat of all the insiders on this website! If it weren't for his burkie dog vendor at the ACC nobody on here would have known about Kaberle being traded!!!!

  15. reinjosh says:

    Well here's the dilemma you have though. Do you claim him off of waivers now, wait to see if Minnesota puts him on reentry, or wait till he is bought out (its been reported they will if he isn't claimed). 

    If you claim him as Edmonton, your guaranteed to get him. Not only do you have first shot, but he can't say no to coming to Edmonton. 
    If I were the Leafs, I would wait till he was bought out and then sign him then. Or try and grab a pick or something in a dump trade. Essentially its a low risk depth move. 
  16. reinjosh says:

    LaRose just re upped with Carolina. 

    Where is Gunnarsson?
  17. albertateams says:

    The winners of this years free agent singing frenzy are most likely those that don't go after the big names. Defenseman like Ehrhoff, Kaberle, Wisniewski and even White are probably going to get massively over paid, with the team signing them regretting it at some point. Even the Bieksa deal, I think the Canucks will regret the term, not even a year ago he was all but expendable.

    There is a lack of anything that resembles a top line UFA outside of Brad Richards(and even Richards I would be very concerned with a long term contract as he could be the next Gomez or Drury), meaning that teams will overpay for scrubs like Connolly. There are going to be a lot of really bad contracts handed out. Teams should wait and see if they can get some bottom 6 guys really cheap in a a month. Trades and RFA movements will be far more interesting than UFAs.   

  18. reinjosh says:

    I've been a fan of Snow's tenure. Guy knows what he is doing. I questioned his move up to get De Haan but it turned out well. He also seems to have an eye for unwanted talent. Going after Ehrhoff now, Streit before (I think that was him). The guy has made some really nice moves.

    I'm also not so sure he hired incompetent coaches. Gordon actually has game, he just ran into Snow having to cover his ass (not something I hold against either party really). 

  19. albertateams says:

    I doubt he makes it through waivers. Teams that should take a long look are: Edmonton, Colorado, Florida, NYI, and Columbus. All need D and have cap space to easily claim him.

    If he does clear Calgary should offer Hagman straight across for him, similar cap hit and term, both players may benefit from a change in scenery.

  20. reinjosh says:

    Skille isn't exactly a prospect anymore but I digress. Your point still stands and is more than valid. Florida has done a ton in two drafts to pick up talent. I may not like the way they are going about the rebuild, but its hard to argue they aren't building a deep prospect pool.

    NYI has also made a nice go at the rebuild. They are building a nice core and Snow isn't afraid to go after big name UFA's to help the team along. He is a very shrewd GM and doesn't get enough credit. Parenteau, Montoya and Grabner. Not Moulson though, that was Tavares. He mentioned it to Snow and Snow figured it was a low risk move. 
    Edmonton is forward stacked. Hall, RNH, Eberle, Paarjavi, Omark, Lander. They finally have some nice defensive prospects but before they were quite limited. Even now they don't have a blue chipper to work off of. If they stabilize the defense and get a goalie though, they will be a force. At least until they have to dump players due to the cap. 

  21. reinjosh says:

    With the floor being so high I think I would tend to agree. My gut says Edmonton doesn't take a shot. I jsut think they have too many questionable dman as it is, why go for another. Colorado could be an interesting choice but again they will probably pass. They moved Liles to give Barrie and Elliot a shot. I doubt they give Barke one. Florida could be a place simply because of Tallon. However with Gudbranson likely making the team, Campbell and Kulikov probably make up the offensive side though so I lean on the side of them not taking him. 

    I think NYI and Columbus are the best shots. Snow shows an aptitude for picking up down players and having them come to potential. Barker could be the next rabbit he pulls. I think they wait till they know if Ehrhoff signs though. No reason to grab him with both Streit and Ehrhoff.
    Columbus I think is the same. They will go hard after someone in FA but if they don't get anyone, they make take a shot at Barker. 
  22. reinjosh says:

    I disagree. The winners will be the same people that win every year. The mid range players who get massive deals 😛

    Nah, I agree. People are going to overpay. Just they always do (although I reject the Richards becoming Drury/Gomez. Completely different situations. Honestly as far apart as possible).
    Trades should be fun to watch. I wonder if the UFA market has caused GM's to be more willing to trade. They are starting to realize that the best way to fix a need is through a trade. Sure it will probably cost you, but if you can exploit a strength to fix that weakness, than do it. 
  23. reinjosh says:

    Did anyone know the Leafs had the 2nd highest block total in the league last year? Next to only the Isles (also sort of a surprise to me). 

  24. albertateams says:

    Even if he's playing 6-7 d men minutes is better than the options they have. Most of the young guys aren't ready. I really don't see a risk for those teams. Having him as a 7th dman for a lot of teams poses very little risk. I'd rather gamble on claiming him for a year than paying huge money and term to one of the UFA defensemen out their (for non cup competing teams).

  25. reinjosh says:

    Also the Blues and Oshie are apparently apart on the contract talks, not liking where either are. 

    Could Oshie be a potential Burke target? He would look quite nice between Lupul and Kessel. He isn't exactly big but he has shown a remarkable ability to go into the boards and come out with the puck. He also has a nice playmaking game, and what's better, an underrated finishing ability (which I have long stated is a necessity for Kessel's center, to help bring out Kessel's hidden playmaking game).
  26. reinjosh says:

    Well he cleared waivers so he will probably be bought out shortly. I guess the risk/reward is enticing for the Oilers.

    Personally regardless if you don't get him, stay away from a UFA. Shoot for another top pick. They seem to be ok with that right now, so why not do it in a year when a top 10pick could arguably get you a blue chip defender. 
  27. albertateams says:

    Tomas Kopecky 4 years 3 million per. There's one of the winners that's a lot of money for a 29 year old with one season over 40 points.

    You do remember that a couple of years ago Richards was considered one of the worst contracts out there. I wouldn't be shocked at all if richards contract in 2-3 years is seen in the same light as Gomez or Drury's. The last 4 years he hasn't exactly been the most durable player. Anybody offering more than 5 years for him is nuts. He's a good player but I can see a nose dive in play a couple of years out.

    I can see some trades swapping headaches for headaches, weather cap or otherwise. I wonder if NYR would trade Wolski for Hagman. Both need a change in scenery similar cap hits one year terms.

  28. albertateams says:

    That's surprising I thought someone would have took a chance on him.

  29. reinjosh says:

    It was a bit overstated though. Tampa couldn't move their captain or their most productive winger and player so they were forced to move remaining of the big 3. 

    He really only had two down seasons. The season he was traded and the season after when he had injuries. Before that he was a 60 point rookie and sophomore, then hit 70 twice and then 90 and then 70 again (which is impressive being behind Vinny and St Louis). He had his two down seasons and then the last two seasons he had high offense seasons. He really got a bad rep. He played relativiely well and helped bring along both Neal and Eriksson in Dallas. 
    I agree on the term. I just think outside of generational talents and maybe captains, you don't go longer than 5 though. However its too much to say that he is like Gomez and Drury. Drury has never had seasons higher than 69 points, Gomez had only one season over 70,  and only four over 63 points. Richards has put up high points consistenly, only being below 70 in his first two NHL seasons, an injury season and a season he was traded (all valid reasons) and also missed 8 games. With the exception of two seasons ago, his injury troubles were minor really. 10 games isn't all that much. 
  30. albertateams says:

    I said he could be the next Drury or Gomez. Drury was a different type of player when the NYR's signed him to that insane contract, Gomez had 3 seasons of 70 points and one with 84. It wouldn't surprise me if his game really went down hill in 2-3 years. Head injuries are always a concern regardless of the amount of time missed.

    I think someone is going to give him 5-7 years at 6-7.5 million. I really hope its not 7, for the team that signs hims sake. That's along time for things to go wrong. Both Drury and Gomez were younger than Richards when they signed  there deals. Just saying a huge risk to give him a lot of money for more than 3 years. 

  31. hockeylegend488 says:

    least after one more season tops we will have a canadian team who can win us a cup,now i know theres big shoes from the previous dynasty they had in the 80s but few more tayler halls and there there. While they run a muck on the league i believe the leafs should do a complete rebuild and end up like the oil in 5 yrs

  32. blaze says:

    Interesting thought. Not my ideal top line center but a lot of skill and a bit of grit, could grow into the role. Either way a solid option as he's versatile enough to line up anywhere in the top 9.

    Question is whats the asking price. I'm not willing to give up major pieces but wouldn't mind a reasonable competitive offer.

  33. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I thought the rangers were the top?

  34. LeafsCaines says:

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired the negotiating rights to Penguins forward Maxime Talbot according to an RDS report.

  35. LeafsCaines says:

    The Sabres have acquired the rights to negotiate with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff from the NY Islanders for a 4th rd. draft pick in 2012

  36. Boston_Bruins says:

    Pegula is letting Buffalo go nuts. Regier probably doesn't even know how to handle this much freedom.

  37. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I honestly thought it was the Coyotes….padding Bryzgalov's stats. Philly fans will eat his soul. I still think Philly doesn't even make the playoffs next season.

  38. JoelLeafs says:

    Didn't you hear? Kramer died.

  39. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I think he doesn't know what to do with it lol.

    He got Regeher…Now another defencemen for possibly 6 million.

    Buffalo is going to be great, watch out.

  40. DannyLeafs says:

    The Oilers are more than a season away from winning a cup. They have a good amount of talent, but they are still a ways away.

    People love to over value players potential, but the truth is even if Eberle, Hall, Paajarvi, and RNH all hit the high end of their ability, there are already teams that are better than that.

    For instance. Let's compare Tampa Bay to Edmonton.

    Let's just say for Argument's sake that Eberle gets as good as St. Louis, Hall as good as Stamkos, Paajarvi as good as Downie (maybe Paajarvi is more offensive, but Downie is effective), and RNH as good as Lecalvier (the way he played in the playoffs). Does Edmonton win a cup then? Well seeing as Tampa's team after those players is much better than Edmonton's, and Tampa isn't quite there yet, I highly doubt it.

    Let's compare them to Washingon.

    Hall v Ovechkin
    RNH v Backstrom
    Eberle v Semin
    Paajarvi v Green

    Honestly, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin and Green have more talent then the group from Edmonton even assuming they hit their highest level of potential. Again, after that Washington is a better team as well.

    My point is that Edmonton has gotten luck with high end talent, but I haven't seen the shrewd moves that good GM's make to turn a team from a high powered offense into a cup contender out of them.

    As far as I am concerned, I think NYI is miles ahead on the rebuild. They have done a better job insulating their star picks with better complementary talent, and a better job of acquiring good players for next to nothing.

    I am not saying Edmonton can't do it, but they actually need their management to be an active participant in their rebuild if they hope to replicate the Penguins Success.

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