The 6'2", 196 Ehrhoff joins the Penguins fresh off of a big buyout by the Sabres. The buyout, just three years into a 10 year, $40 million contract, saw Buffalo ridding themselves of a large cap recapture penalty. The deal for the Penguins is much friendlier, standing at one year for $4 million.
Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Ehrhoff looks to continue the trend of Jim Rutherford bringing in European players, something his predecessor Ray Shero seemed hesitant to do. The former Sabres captain may also bring some much vaulted leadership and veteran presence to a locker room rumored to be lacking in each.
The Moers, Germany native is on his fourth team in his career. He started out in San Jose before playing two years in San Jose then donning the Sabres sweater for his monster contract.
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