While the Philadelphia Flyers are trading their house away all because Ilya Brzygalov is the new Patrick Roy (or something like that), the Vancouver Canucks and GM Mike Gillis have made two sensible decisions just in time for the free-agency period.
One, they re-signed the once-maligned but now beloved Kevin Bieksa to a 5 year, $23 million deal, keeping the top defensemen pair of Dan Hamhuis and Bieksa intact for years to come. Second, Christian Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights have been traded to the New York Islanders for a 4th round draft pick.
Christian Ehrhoff’s days as a Vancouver Canuck are done.
The Canucks announced Tuesday that the rights to the defenceman have been traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.
Ehrhoff becomes an unrestricted free agent on Saturday, the start of the free-agency period. The Islanders will have exclusive negotiation rights with the German veteran until then.
Ehrhoff was a solid contributor to the Canucks’ first-overall finish in the 2010-11 regular season, putting up 50 points (14 goals, 36 assists) and a plus-19 rating in 79 games.
His numbers dipped in the playoffs, where he had 12 points in 23 games and a minus-13 rating. He was limited to one point in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup final loss to Boston, and was on the ice for two of the Bruins’ four goals in the deciding game. He said after the final that he had been playing with an injured shoulder.
Now I should be fair, he said he was playing with an injured shoulder, so that should totally explain why he was a disaster in the playoffs. The +/- rating is not the be all and end all of judging a player’s performance, but Ehrhoff would frequently fail to hold the line during a power play and I honestly think he missed the net from the point 95% of the time in the Stanley Cup Final. Draft picks are always good if you ask me, and I don’t think Vancouver is losing much given his inconsistencies in both San Jose and Vancouver.
Let’s see what happens when the market opens and hopefully they find an acceptable replacement for Ehrhoff.