You can add another name to the fire sale list that is the Buffalo Sabres. Of course, few should be surprised to see Christian Ehrhoff's name on said list. While a change of scenery might do the German blueliner some good, it may very likely pose a challenge for the Sabres to dump his hefty contract. Would the Los Angeles Kings be willing to take on said contract It certainly is an idea to ponder but...
Ehrhoff certainly has a lot to offer as a defenseman. He eats up a lot of minutes, average 24:02 per contest this season and leads all the Buffalo D-man with 128 shots. The closest defenseman to Ehrhoff's total is Tyler Myers who has registered 86 shots. While those stats are certainly promising, Ehrhoff only has six goals so far this season, Although goals by a defenseman aren't nearly as important as their defensive ability in Los Angeles, Ehrhoff's inability to score would just be adding to problem the Kings already have: too many shots, not enough goals.
While he was in Vancouver, Ehrhoff averaged 14 goals per season. In his three years in Buffalo, the 31-year-old has average under six tallies per. Even his assists totals have dropped. With the Canucks, Ehrhoff averaged 33 helpers. With Buffalo, 22.
It is notable, however, to point out that the Sabres blueliner is a -9. While that number isn't anything to brag about, it isn't too bad considering how terrible the Sabres have been this season. As an example, the aforementioned Tyler Myers is a dreadful -26.
On the plus side, Christian Ehrhoff is a 10-year NHL veteran who can certainly help any defensive partner become a better player. Hypothetically, Ehrhoff could provide a good match for Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez or even former Vancouver teammate Willie Mitchell. But in addition to what he can provide, Ehrhoff's name being on the trade block is more or less a salary dump, in which case the Sabres wouldn't likely ask the Kings (or anyone else for that matter) very much in return. Hey, Dean Lombardi acquired Robyn Regehr from Buffalo last season for practically nothing. Who's to say the Kings' GM couldn't do it again?
At 6'2, 203 pounds, Ehrhoff has an average size for a defenseman donning the silver-and-black. While his 80 blocked shots are certainly a decent number, it isn't much to write home about. On the plus side, Ehrhoff's 26 takeaways lead all Buffalo defensemen.
Going back to said salary dump, though, Ehrhoff did come to Buffalo once he signed a long-term contract with the Sabres.
In the summer of 2011, Ehrhoff signed a 10-year deal with the Sabres for $40 million. After this season, the German will still have seven years left on his deal at a cap hit of $4 million per. The Kings may not want to take on that much money for that long. Then again, few teams would. Ehrhoff may be a good fit in Los Angeles but just think of the money and the time the silver-and-black could spend if they looked elsewhere, with all due respect to the former 4th-rounder.
It is also fun to point out that Christian Ehrhoff's nickname is apparently "King Felix" which would make him a nice fit in Los Angeles. But even at that, it wouldn't be enough for fans to forget about his big contract.
There are definitely some bright spots in Christian Ehrhoff but a few negatives as well. If his contract was a little shorter and for a bit less money, I'd certainly consider a move to the Kings. Unfortunately, that's not the case. With that said, I'd pass on Ehrhoff.