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Christian Ehrhoff on waivers. Sabres should bring him back.

Ehrhoff during his time with the Sabres


Christian Ehrhoff has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings. In 192 games as a Buffalo Sabre he had 16 goals and 71 assists for 87 points. He also led the team in ice time over that stretch. 

Now, Ehrhoff is over a season and a half removed from his time in Buffalo. He has been given two one year deal contracts by the Penguins and Kings. Injuries riddled his time with Pittsburgh, playing just 49 games, and missing the playoff series with New York. This season he has missed twelve games, but most were healthy scratches. Ehrhoff has 2 goals and 9 assists, but is a horrific -10. For Ehrhoff to be that bad in the plus/minus category, as well as having poor Corsi and Fenwick numbers, is worry-some considering he is on a good team. 

All of this might be pointless, considering Ehrhoff and the Sabres did not leave on good terms after the buyout. Ehrhoff was very frustrated with management, as they seemingly did not put forth an effort to win in 2013-14. Whether both sides are capable of burying the hatchet to help each other out is in question. 

Ehrhoff is 33 years old, and turns 34 in July. He currently has a very manageable $1.5 million cap hit that expires at the end of the year. 

The Sabres have a need on defense right now, and going forward. Their not going to make the playoffs this year, so taking a shot at a veteran guy who could re-discover his game wouldn't be a risk in any way. Now I wouldn't bet on him being able to "re-discover" his game. He has looked very poor this season, and he hasn't been able to stay healthy. However, Ehrhoff could very well just be having a down season. If he happens to turn his game around and earn another one year contract, the Sabres could be getting a veteran, puck moving defenseman they could certainly use. 

Where would Ehrhoff fit in if he could turn his game around in Buffalo? He is a left shot, which the Sabres are thin at on the backend. Right now Josh Gorges, Jake McCabe, and Mike Weber are their top three on that side. Gorges hasn't been able to stay healthy consistently, McCabe is too young to be relied on for a major role, and Mike Weber is likely out the door after this season. The Sabres need as much depth on the left side as they can get. 

The one thing that Ehrhoff always prides himself on is fitness. If he can avoid the concussions he has had, age should not slow him down as much as other players. Worst comes to worst, the Sabres waste a few hundred grand on a player that they don't have to have around next season. Best case scenario, they bring back a guy they know can put up points, be a powerplay contributor, and bring age to a very young defense core. 

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