Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Islanders Trade 4th Round Pick to VAN For Christian Ehrhoff's Negotiating Rights


Isles GM Garth Snow has made yet another low risk/high reward move, sending the Canucks a 4th rounder for the chance to land a major piece to the puzzle in Christian Ehrhoff.

Ehrhoff's a 6"2, 203 pound defender who plays a strong all-around game and notched 50 points this past season for the Presidents' Trophy and Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks.

The Isles are widely expected to be offering more to Ehrhoff than Vancouver GM Mike Gillis was willing to. Snow has reportedly been negotiating a long-term deal that would see the German blueliner make around $6 million per year. 

As Katie Strang of Newsday tweeted last night, Ehrhoff's decision won't hinge on the financial details of the Isles' offer, but on whether or not he actually wants to play on Long Island. If he's looking for a good deal, Snow's is probably as good as it's going to get for Christian Ehrhoff. 

If he decides to jump onboard, the Isles will have a top defensive pairing of Ehrhoff and Mark Streit. Throw in Travis Hamonic, Andrew MacDonald, Jurcina, Eaton, Motteau, and whoever else ultimately makes up the other four defensemen on the roster, and you're looking at a competitive blueline. If they can land Ehrhoff, the Islanders' playoff chances for this season look very strong. 

Snow has continued to improvise, given the financial and situational limitations he has to deal with. 

He's done an excellent job thus far, displaying a knack for finding talent in unconventional places. Everyone knows how he found Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner (both are now 30-goal scorers and Moulson's done it twice in a row) off the waiver wire.

But this move for Ehrhoff would be another great one. Without exclusive negotiating rights, the Isles' odds of signing him on the open market would be close to none. And the price? A fourth round pick, hardly anything to complain about. 

Well done, sir. 


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