Will Ehrhoff stay or go?

The Christian Ehrhoff storyline has not changed much, but with the Canucks getting pending unrestricted free agent Kevin Bieksa locked up in a new contract the picture gets all that much clearer.

Bieksa’s five-year deal, which averages $4.6 million, reinforces the notion the Canucks want to use top defenceman Dan Hamhuis and his $4.5-million cap hit as the standard for the team’s blue line.

With B.C. native Hamhuis and longtime Canuck Bieksa taking less to sign with Vancouver, it’s clear that Ehrhoff — also a pending UFA — will need to do the same if he’s to be here in the fall.

With Montreal defenceman Andrei Markov recently signing a three-year deal with cap hit of $5.75 million to avoid free agency on July 1, the bar may also have been set for UFA blueliners.

Markov’s signing puts Ehrhoff in great position as arguably the top offensive D-man and one of the top defencemen overall — along with Joni Pitkanen and James Wisniewski — left on the upcoming UFA market.

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One Response to Will Ehrhoff stay or go?

  1. Leafs_Wallace says:

    I love Erhoff sticking it to Gillis for not giving into one of guilt laden contracts where the player is told to do whats best for a team that very has or will win anything.

    And if it's this year or next when Gillis pulls the plug on Roberto, the veneer of his competency will be gone.

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