Sabres acquire Ehrhoff rights, Agent talks to Eyewitness Sports

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 30, 2011 at 12:01 AM EDT

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Sabres acquire Ehrhoff rights, Agent talks to Eyewitness Sports

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 30, 2011 at 12:01 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW.com) The landscape for the Sabres has changed under new owner Terry Pegula, and we are getting more examples by the day.



The Sabres announced just before 8pm on Wednesday night that the team has acquired the rights to negotiate with unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The Sabres sent a fourth round pick in the 2012 draft to the New York Islanders just to have that opportunity. The Isles were unable to sign the 28-year old after initially acquiring his rights from Vancouver.



Ehrhoff had 14 goals, and 50 points for the Canucks last season to go along with a plus 19 rating. He was minus 13 during Vancouver's postseason run to the Stanley Cup Finals, but had two goals and 10 assists.



The news comes just days after the Sabres traded with Calgary for veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr.



Richard Curran the agent for Ehrhoff told Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo on Wednesday night that he had spoken with Sabres GM Darcy Regier. Curran says that his client is in Germany, and because of the time difference may not have been aware of the trade on Wednesday night. Curran says that he will make arraignments for the Sabres to speak with Ehrhoff about a possible deal sometime on Thursday.



Ehrhoff reportedly turned down a 5-year deal worth 23 million dollars from Vancouver. The Islanders claim he turned down an even a better offer from them.



We will have the latest on Eyewitness Sports as details become available.