Just because Christian Ehrhoff’s contractual rights were dealt today to the New York Islanders doesn’t mean absolutely that he’ll wide up in Wang’s World when the season starts, but the simple fact that he reportedly turned down the same offer that Kevin Bieksa got (including a no trade clause) is mind boggling.
There is no doubt that Ehrhoff will command some bigger money on the open market, but to walk away from a Stanley Cup contender that was prepared to offer him a most reasonable contract in the context of their payroll situation tells you all you need to know about young Christian.
If you’ve been reading here much, you’ll know that we’ve credited Ehrhoff with being arguably the greatest power play quarterback in team history, but his serious defensive lapses (check out his ugly playoff plus minus) combined with this character revealing snub makes us say good riddance.
In the end, he provided Vancouver with two outstanding offensive years and we gave up little to get him. And while his power play contributions will be missed surely, this will seemingly swing the door wide open for a Sami Salo return to work the number one power play unit next year.Tags: Christian Ehrhoff, Kevin Bieksa, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks