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Buffalo Sabres buy out Christian Ehrhoff's contract, making the defenceman a free agent

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Buffalo Sabres buy out Christian Ehrhoff's contract, making the defenceman a free agent

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres have bought out defenceman Christian Ehrhoff's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Ehrhoff signed a 10-year, $40 million contract with the Sabres in 2011. He made $18 million over the first two years of the deal.

The Sabres used their second compliance buyout on Ehrhoff. Buffalo also bought out underperforming forward Ville Leino on June 17.

TSN was the first to report the move, which was announced by the team on Sunday.

Buffalo had high hopes for Ehrhoff and Leino after making a splash under new owner Terry Pegula in 2011. But the team has struggled.

Ehrhoff, 31, has 313 career points in 692 games.

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter