|Assets:||Owns good hockey sense, elite skating ability (highlighted by excellent acceleration) and the talent to log big minutes. Loves to move the puck and knows when to join the attack. Can quarterback a power play and also be used in defensive situations.|
|Flaws:||Plays a chippier game than earlier in his career, but can still struggle against bigger NHL forwards. He can also make bad decisions under pressure from time to time, which will lead to weak zone coverage and bad penalties. His shot isn't always on target.|
|Career Potential:||Big-minute offensive defenseman.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2003-04|
|3/26/2015||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|3/24/2015||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|3/14/2015||Missed 6 games (undisclosed).|
|2/25/2015||Missed 12 games (head injury).|
|1/30/2015||Head injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/31/2014||Missed 5 games (lower body injury).|
|12/20/2014||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year contract.|
|6/29/2014||Contract bought out by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|4/13/2014||Mild concussion, day-to-day.|
|4/13/2014||Missed the last regular season game (mild concussion).|
|2/01/2014||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|11/12/2013||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|11/08/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/07/2013||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|9/17/2012||Signed with Krefeld Pinguine (Germany).|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 5 regular season games (left knee injury).|
|3/30/2012||Left knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/24/2012||Missed 11 games (upper body injury).|
|1/14/2012||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/31/2011||Upper body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|6/30/2011||Re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a 10-year contract.|
|6/29/2011||Acquired from the New York Islanders.|
|6/28/2011||Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks.|
|6/01/2011||Missed the last 2 playoff games (shoulder injury).|
|5/22/2011||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|12/18/2010||Missed 3 games (concussion).|
|4/10/2010||Missed 2 games (sprained left knee).|
|4/06/2010||Sprained left knee, sidelined indefinitely.|
|8/28/2009||Acquired from the San Jose Sharks.|
|3/19/2009||Missed 3 games (lower body injury).|
|3/14/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/09/2008||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the San Jose Sharks to a three-year contract.|
|4/15/2008||Missed 4 games (Lower body injury).|
|4/06/2008||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/25/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the San Jose Sharks to a two-year contract.|
|6/26/2006||San Jose Sharks extended qualifing offer.|
|9/22/2004||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|3/11/2004||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|2/23/2004||Recalled from Cleveland (AHL).|
|2/19/2004||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|11/14/2003||Recalled from Cleveland (AHL).|
|10/22/2003||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|6/23/2003||Signed by the San Jose Sharks.|
|9/23/2002||Returned to his European Team (Krefeld Pinguine-Germany).|
|9/10/2001||Returned to Krefeld Pinguine (Germany).|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|6/29/2011||New York Islanders traded Christian Ehrhoff to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional 7th round selection.|
|6/28/2011||Vancouver Canucks traded Christian Ehrhoff to the New York Islanders for a 4th round selection in 2012.|
|8/28/2009||San Jose Sharkes traded Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich to the Vancouver Canucks for Daniel Rahimi and Patrick White.|
|6/24/2001||Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 4th round (106th overall) in 2001.|
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored another key goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday. | 12/06/2014 3:39 PM
NewsPenguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored another key goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday.
ImpactEhrhoff has just two goals on the season, but both are game-winners. The defenseman was the Penguins best skater against the Senators on Saturday, and he led the team with seven shots. Sidney Crosby found him wide open on the opposite side of the ice late in the third period. Ehrhoff wound up and released a slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high and on the glove side. Pittsburgh won, 3-2.
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Pittsburgh uniform on Saturday. | 11/29/2014 10:12 PM
NewsPenguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Pittsburgh uniform on Saturday.
ImpactIt proved to be an important score as the goal put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, late in the third period. Carolina added a late power-play goal as Pittsburgh held on to win, 3-2. Ehrhoff has seven assists and is plus-14 in addition to scoring once.
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year. | 10/01/2014 11:49 AM
NewsPenguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year.
ImpactEhrhoff scored six goals and 27 assists with the Sabres last year, so it is safe to expect those numbers or even greater based just on the fact Ehrhoff will benefit from playing with Sidney Crosby and company. At the very least he should see a huge improvement in plus/minus. Ehrhoff's was -27 a year ago.
After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday. | 07/01/2014 8:41 PM
NewsAfter being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
ImpactEhrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Christian Ehrhoff signs with the Penguins | 07/01/2014 12:08 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year/$4 million contract.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactEhrhoff had been bought out by the Buffalo Sabres this past week with seven years left on his contract and will now be a puck moving defenseman on the Penguins. He had six goals and 33 points for the lowly Sabres last season. Look for Ehrhoff to see plenty of action on the power play next season.
'Easy' decision to buy out Christian Ehrhoff | 06/29/2014 8:38 PM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres didn't wrestle with the decision to buy out Christian Ehrhoff.
Impact"The fact that he quite frankly doesn't want to be here makes it easy," GM Tim Murray said. "I've said at the start that if you don't want to be here we'll make it happen. He's made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we're not going in the right direction, but he really hasn't had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on." Ehrhoff said through his agent that he was "surprised" by the buyout. He had seven years remaining on a 10-year, $40 million contract. He can sign anywhere this week as an unrestricted free agent.
Ehrhoff doesn't think he'll be traded | 04/30/2014 7:40 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff thinks he'll be back with the Sabres next season.
Impact"I think if they want to move me, they can move me," he said. " ... We'll see. Obviously, it's not up to me and that remains to be seen." He was asked to submit a list of teams he'd accept a trade to prior to the deadline. Ehrhoff posted six goals and 33 points in 79 games. He also had a minus-27 rating and is signed through the 2020-21 season.
Christian Ehrhoff suffers a mild concussion | 04/12/2014 4:07 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff left Saturday's game against Boston with a mild concussion.
Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
ImpactHe won't be able to play in Sunday's regular season finale as a result. He had a minus-3 rating in 15:13 of ice time prior to his exit. Ehrhoff will end the year with six goals, 33 points and a minus-27 rating.
Christian Ehrhoff (ear) was OK to play Tues. | 04/09/2014 7:54 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff (ear) was able to play on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe required about 40 stitches to repair his ear after it was struck by a puck in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. He logged 24:44 of ice time, while posting three shots and a minus-1 rating in Buffalo's 4-2 defeat against Detroit.
Christian Ehrhoff (ear) is a game-time call | 04/08/2014 7:57 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff will be a game-time decision on Tuesday after his ear was sliced by a puck during Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
ImpactHe needed about 40 stitches to repair the damage, but coach Ted Nolan said that it didn't appear as though Ehrhoff suffered any other head injury from the shot.
Christian Ehrhoff has an assist vs. Islanders | 03/16/2014 9:26 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff had an assist in Buffalo's 4-1 loss on Saturday.
ImpactEhrhoff snapped a six-game point drought. He now has six goals and 30 points in 65 games this season. He should roughly maintain his season-long points pace for the rest of 2013-14.
Buffalo asks Ehrhoff for his no-trade list | 02/28/2014 12:03 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff has provided the Buffalo Sabres with a list of eight teams he's not willing to be traded to.
ImpactEhrhoff was asked by Buffalo to produce the list as his modified no-trade clause gives him the right to limit the number of teams the Sabres can negotiate with. The Sabres are willing to trade almost anyone on the team and Ehrhoff isn't reading too much into Buffalo's actions. "They obviously want to be prepared come trade deadline," he said. "We'll see where it will take us."
Christian Ehrhoff scores a pair in Sabres win | 02/25/2014 9:43 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff scored the opening goal and was credited with the winner as well in Buffalo's 3-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday night.
ImpactEhrhoff's game winner came with just 44 seconds left in the game when he made a centring pass that was tipped in by a Hurricanes defenseman. His pair knocks up his season total to six goals and 21 assists through 56 games. Four of those goals have come in the past eight games.
Christian Ehrhoff picks up an assist Saturday | 02/02/2014 9:25 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff had an assist in Buffalo's 7-1 loss on Saturday.
ImpactEhrhoff started February on a positive note - or at least as positive a note as is possible when your team losing 7-1 - after a strong January where he recorded nine points in 12 games. He now has four goals and 24 points in 52 contests. At this rate he has an outside of shot of finishing the season as the team's scoring leader, which honestly says more about Buffalo than it does Ehrhoff.
Christian Ehrhoff back from illness Saturday | 02/01/2014 3:50 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff is back in Buffalo's lineup for Saturday afternoon's match-up against Colorado.
ImpactHe missed Thursday's game due to an illness and he was listed as a game-time decision for Saturday. Ehrhoff was hoping to play and he got his wish.
Ehrhoff status for Saturday unknown | 02/01/2014 10:04 AM
NewsThere is no word on whether Christian Erhoff is sufficiently recovered from the flu to play Saturday afternoon in Denver against the Avalanche.
ImpactThe action starts at 3:00 pm ET so check back with us closer to game time.
Christian Ehrhoff (illness) sits out Thursday | 01/31/2014 6:45 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff was too ill to play Thursday night.
ImpactHe didn't take part in the team's morning skate as well. Ehrhoff, who has been playing much better of late, should be considered day-to-day for now. He has two goals and seven assists in his past 11 games.
Christian Ehrhoff is a game-time call Thurs. | 01/30/2014 6:53 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff will be game-time decision Thursday because of an illness.
ImpactHe missed the team's morning skate because he was feeling "under the weather," according to interim coach Ted Nolan.
Christian Ehrhoff's play has improved | 01/28/2014 8:11 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff has been playing some strong hockey for the Sabres' defense lately.
ImpactAfter a very rough November (3 points, 12 games, -7 rating), Ehrhoff has stepped it up with 15 points in 23 games and a +1 rating in the two months since. Under contract until 2022, Germany's Olympic captain needs more months like December and January to reach the 50-point plateau as he did with the Canucks in 2009-10.
Christian Ehrhoff's three points lead Sabres | 01/25/2014 10:35 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff's three points powered the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
ImpactThe defenseman scored short-handed in the first and assisted on two more goals. Ehrhoff has three goals and 19 assists on the season. Cody Hodgson also scored and chipped in with an assist. Steve Ott, Matt Ellis and Marcus Foligno netted the other goals in the win.
Ehrhoff could be reigned in a little | 01/18/2014 8:57 AM
NewsDon't be surprised if you don't see Christian Ehrhoff on the scoresheet Saturday night.
ImpactBuffalo coach Ted Nolan believes the veteran blueliner may be trying too hard to create offence by jumping into the play at inopportune times. As a result, Ehrhoff could be held back a little against Columbus Saturday night and perhaps going forward. "We need good leadership from him. We need good, steady play. When you go into games, you know exactly what you're going to get," Nolan said. "Sometimes I think Chris presses too much, wants to help out too much, he wants to do a little too much versus just doing what he can do and being patient within his abilities. We had a nice conversation about that today."
Christian Ehrhoff leads Sabres past Leafs | 11/29/2013 10:29 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff scored the overtime winner for the Sabres in a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, adding an assist on the tying goal too.
ImpactEhrhoff has been struggling lately, owning a -9 rating and just five points in 25 coming into Friday's game. He now has seven points in 26 games.
Christian Ehrhoff to return from LBI Tuesday | 11/12/2013 7:07 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff (lower body) will get back into Buffalo's lineup on Tuesday.
ImpactHe sat out Friday's game with a lower-body injury, which he sustained on Thursday versus Los Angeles. Ehrhoff has no goals and four assists in 18 games this campaign, but feel free to get him back on your active roster if you normally would.
Ehrhoff out Friday due to lower-body injury | 11/09/2013 9:16 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff did not play Friday night against Anaheim.
ImpactHe is probably glad he didn't as the Ducks dominated the Sabres from puck drop outshooting them 22-7 in the first period alone. Ehrhoff sustained a lower-body injury Thursday night against Los Angeles. Rookie Nikita Zadorov played in his place against Anaheim. There is no word yet on whether Ehrhoff will be able to suit up for the Sabres next game slated for Tuesday at Buffalo. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Christian Ehrhoff slowed by LBI on Thursday | 11/08/2013 8:07 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff suffered a lower-body injury in the third period of Thursday's loss to Los Angeles.
Impact"It's something that we have to see how it develops overnight," Ehrhoff said. "It was something that started developing in the first period, and then in the third period when I went up the ice it just got bad." He logged 17:09 of ice time in the contest, which is well below his average ice time this year of 24:10 per match.
Ehrhoff wants to help Sabres offensively | 10/22/2013 6:44 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff plans to stick with Buffalo's system and he doesn't want to get caught trying to do too much for the struggling Sabres.
ImpactStill, he is struggling with the impulse to lead the rush and get more involved in the attacking zone. "You have to be predictable for your teammates, too," he said. "You can't just go on your own page but on the other hand when you want to fuel the offense you definitely have to pick your spots to lug the puck sometimes and try to fuel the offense that way." Ehrhoff has two assists and 21 shots in 10 games, while averaging a team-high 25:30 of ice time per contest.
Christian Ehrhoff finally posts first points | 10/15/2013 11:22 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff notched his first two points of the season in the Sabres' 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders Tuesday night.
ImpactEhrhoff and the Sabres have struggled in the early goings of this season. The defenseman racked up 22 points in 47 games last year.
Ehrhoff, Vanek will play at WHC next month | 04/29/2013 10:14 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff (Germany) and Thomas Vanek (Austria) will participate in the world championship.
ImpactThey have already committed to take part in the tournament for their respective countries once it kicks off in early May from Sweden and Finland. Ehrhoff led the Sabres' defense corps in points this past campaign with 22 in 47 games, while Vanek led the club in scoring with 41 points in 38 matches.
Ehrhoff registers 2 assists in 8-4 loss | 04/20/2013 12:10 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff registered two assists in the Sabres' 8-4 loss to the Rangers Friday night.
ImpactThe loss eliminated Buffalo from the playoffs. Nathan Gerbe, Drew Stafford, Cody Hodgson and Mark Pysyk scored the Sabres' goals.
Christian Ehrhoff scores lone goal in 1-0 win | 04/13/2013 6:00 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff recorded the only goal in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.
ImpactHis fifth tally of the season, which came 17 seconds into the third period, was assisted by Steve Ott and Kevin Porter. Ehrhoff has 18 points and a plus-11 rating in 41 games.
Christian Ehrhoff excels in win vs. Toronto | 03/22/2013 1:06 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff enjoyed a great game for the Sabres in a 5-4 shootout win over Toronto Thursday.
ImpactEhrhoff registered a pair of assists before scoring his third goal of the season with a man advantage in the third period. Tyler Ennis also picked up a goal and an assist in the win while Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville also found the back of the net. Cody Hodgson contributed by dishing out a pair of helpers.
Ehrhoff doing his part for struggling Sabres | 02/19/2013 8:48 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff has been a workhorse on Buffalo's back end, with an average ice time of 24:33 this campaign.
Impact"I feel comfortable," said Ehrhoff, who sits 24th overall in the NHL in average ice time per match. "Obviously, I like playing a lot." He also leads the Sabres with a plus-6 rating, is tied for second with eight assists and ranks fifth with 10 points during his 15 appearances this season. The Sabres and his fantasy owners would probably be happier if he could add some more power-play points, as he has no goals and three assists with the man advantage this year, but he has been solid despite the team's early difficulties.
Christian Ehrhoff plays 27-plus in return | 02/08/2013 9:27 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff played over 27 minutes and had a +2 rating Thursday after missing one game with an undisclosed injury.
ImpactEhrhoff continues to lead the team's defensemen in ice time at over 24 minutes a game. He has five assists, six penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 10 games this season.
Christian Ehrhoff will return on Thursday | 02/07/2013 12:54 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff (undisclosed) will return to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup on Thursday.
Mike Harrington on Twitter
ImpactEhrhoff initially looked like a long shot, but he confirmed otherwise Thursday morning. He has five assists and six penalty minutes in nine games this season.
Christian Ehrhoff doubtful to play Thursday | 02/06/2013 5:52 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff should be considered doubtful to play on Thursday because of his undisclosed muscle strain.
ImpactHe didn't skate on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's game with the issue.
Christian Ehrhoff's (undisclosed) out Tuesday | 02/05/2013 1:39 PM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff is dealing with an undisclosed muscle problem.
Ian Mendes on Twitter
ImpactEhrhoff sustained the injury on Sunday and won't be available Tuesday. He has five assists in nine games this season.
Christian Ehrhoff could miss Tuesday's game | 02/05/2013 9:10 AM
NewsThe status of Christian Ehrhoff is a bit of mystery going into Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
ImpactFive players sat out Monday's optional practice, including Ehrhoff, Jason Pominville, Cody Hodgson, Jochen Hecht and Steve Ott. Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff said there are "a couple guys that are nicked up that may be doubtful" for Tuesday. Buffalo also called up Adam Pardy Monday evening. We'll keep you posted on any lineup news following the team's morning skate.
Christian Ehrhoff producing in big minutes | 02/01/2013 9:59 AM
NewsChristian Ehrhoff registered his fifth assist of season while playing over 24 minutes Thursday.
ImpactEhrhoff's five points put him on pace for a 34-point season, which is likely unrealistic, but the pace is encouraging after a disappointing first season in Buffalo. He's played 23-plus minutes if four of the Sabres' seven games and has a +2 rating. Ehrhoff was impressive playing overseas during the lockout and it might be time for owners in most formats to give him a look.
|Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. TB||last:Jan 2||2|
|Assists||1||11 times-last:at Dal||last:Mar 19||2|
|Points||1||14 times-last:at Dal||last:Mar 19||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. TB||Jan 2||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Phi||Oct 22||4|
|Power Play Goals||0||49 times-last:vs. StL||last:Mar 24||1|
|Power Play Points||1||2 times-last:at Dal||last:Mar 19||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||49 times-last:vs. StL||last:Mar 24||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||49 times-last:vs. StL||last:Mar 24||2|
|Shots||7||vs. Ott||Dec 6||10|
|Goals||14||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Van)|
|Penalty Minutes||72||2007-08 (SJ)|
|Power Play Goals||6||3 times-last: 2010-11 (Van)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2013-14 (Buf)|
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