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Bought-out Sabres D-man Ehrhoff signs a one-year deal with Pittsburgh

By John Vogl

It didn't take Christian Ehrhoff long to find a new team.

The defenseman, bought out by the Sabres on Sunday, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins today just after free agency opened.

Ehrhoff became the top blue-liner on the market after Buffalo set him free. He had no desire to be part of Buffalo's rebuild, and he's taking a one-year gamble that the Penguins will win the Stanley Cup.

It helps that Ehrhoff won't need to chase money. He made $22 million in Buffalo during the past three seasons, and he'll get $12 million more over the next 14 years as part of the buyout.

Pittsburgh was looking for a talented defenseman because it is expected to lose Matt Niskanen to free agency.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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