It took only five minutes for the first “major” signing to take place on NHL Free Agency’s opening day, and it was the Pittsburgh Penguins making the first move.
After letting Matt Niskanen walk in free agency this summer, the Penguins have signed former Buffalo Sabres alternate captain Christian Ehrhoff. The contract is for one season at $4 million.
Ehrhoff became one of the top available defensemen on the market after the Buffalo Sabres announced the surprising news of a compliance buyout over the weekend. Ehrhoff had signed with the Sabres back in 2011 for 10 years and $40 million.
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Ehrhoff will come in and be a man who knows how to control the power play as well as help start offensive rushes. He won’t get into trouble in his own zone, and should help Penguins forwards like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin feel more comfortable about playing aggressive offensively, knowing that a responsible and reliable defender is back to protect the net. And knowing that it’s Marc-Andre Fleury in net, the Penguins need plenty of protection back there.
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