Ehrhoff’s rights traded to Buffalo

‘Islanders general manager Garth Snow acquired the rights to Ehrhoff from Vancouver on Tuesday in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick. Snow failed to sign the defenseman before a self-imposed 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday before shipping his rights to the Sabres.’

Thursday’s New York Coverage

Islanders can’t reach a deal for Ehrhoff (Newsday)

Isles trade Ehrhoff’s rights to Sabres (New York Post)

Isles deal Christian Ehrhoff to Sabres (ESPN)

Islanders Trade Negotiating Rights for Ehrhoff to Buffalo (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Thursday’s Chicago Coverage

Blackhawks acquire rights to defenseman Montador (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks hoping Steve Montador will fill defensive void (Chicago Sun Times)

Bowman makes trade for Montador (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)

Hawks acquire rights to defenseman Montador (CSN Chicago)

Blackhawks acquire defenseman Steve Montador (ChicagoBlackhawks.com)

Islanders trade Ehrhoff’s rights to Sabres

‘While the Islanders were unable to entice Ehrhoff with a contract, the Sabres are gambling they can get a deal done with Pegula now in control. Since purchasing the Sabres in February, the Pennsylvania billionaire has made it no secret he is intent on opening his deep pocketbook–and ready to spend to the newly established $64.3 million salary cap–to build a winner.’

Blackhawks acquire rights to Montador

‘The 31-year-old Montador is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday. Until then, Chicago has exclusive negotiating rights.’

Sabres re-sign C Nathan Gerbe to 3-year contract

‘Gerbe was eligible to become a restricted free agent after the team retained his rights by tendering him a contract offer. He had 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 64 games last season — all career highs.’

Sabres formally take over AHL Rochester

‘Team president Ted Black made that distinction Wednesday morning after Sabres owner Terry Pegula was formally introduced as the Americans owner at a news conference in Rochester. The purchase, worth about $5 million, reunites the Sabres with the Americans while bringing their minor affiliate much closer to home.’

Sabres acquire rights to Ehrhoff

‘The 28-year-old German made $3.4 million in the final year of his three-year contract.’

Chicago gets rights to Montador from Buffalo

‘Chicago will send a seventh-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013 to Buffalo for the rights to Montador.’

Gerbe, Sabres agree on multi-year deal

‘Buffalo’s fifth-round selection (142nd overall) in the 2005 draft, Gerbe was the 2008 AHL Rookie of the Year.’

Sabres acquire rights to Ehrhoff from Isles; Agent talks to WGR

‘Curran did say that Ehrhoff wants to play for a team that contends on a regular basis and that Curran is “very familiar with Terry Pegula and recognize his efforts to try and win.” In addition, the move the Sabres made to acquire Robyn Regehr during the NHL Entry Draft last Saturday seems to impressed Curran. “Anytime you make proactive decisions, it’s a positive in terms of the direction of the club and their desire to improve the team”. Curran added that he believes Ehrhoff will be impressed with the Regehr move as well.’

Buffalo Sabres trade rights to Montador to Chicago

‘The pick is presently conditional to the Nashville Predators. If that pick is not available, Florida will transfer their own seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.’

Gerbe Re-Signs with Sabres, Talks on WGR

‘The Sabres forward admitted that he didn’t feel the arbitration route was the right one for him, so he elected to get a deal done ahead of the start of free agency. As for the prospects Friday, like any Sabres fan Gerbe is excited. “I think we’re all anxious for Friday to see what happens.”‘

Buffalo Sabres announce affiliation with Amerks; Reduce ticket prices

‘General Manager Darcy Regier said having players close in Rochester gives Buffalo a chance to sharpen their focus on building the franchise through developing young players. “This opportunity in Rochester for the Buffalo Sabres allows us to expand tremendously on our ability to teach and increase the level of learning and proficiency.”‘

Buffalo Sabres acquire rights to negotiate with Christian Ehrhoff

‘Ehrhoff, 28, had 50 points (14+36) in 79 games for Vancouver last season.’