The Sabres have acquired the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff -- but he probably doesn't know it yet.
Ehrhoff is in his native Germany, which is six hours ahead. Rather than wake his client in the middle of the night, agent Rick Curran e-mailed the former Vancouver blue-liner with the news. Curran said the Sabres and Ehrhoff will speak Thursday.
"When he wakes up in the morning and checks his e-mails, he’ll see from my message that he’s now the property of the Sabres," Curran said by phone. "At some point during the day tomorrow, Sabres management will have an opportunity to reach out and chat with him a little bit about their organization, express to him their aspirations for bringing him to Buffalo and what they hope to accomplish. Everything will kind of bloom from there."
Ehrhoff, who was acquired from the Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick after New York was unable to sign him, has made one thing clear: He wants to play for a contender.
"His mind-set is to be with an organization that is looking at being a Stanley Cup contender, and being part of a group of players that are looking to win," Curran said. "The best way to put it is, 'I’ve left Vancouver, where we were knocking on the door for the Stanley Cup, and wherever I go I want to make sure that I have that same opportunity.'"