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Buffalo Sabres formally introduce Ehrhoff to media

By Michael Mroziak


Buffalo, NY – While the Sabres acquired Ehrhoff and signed him to his 10-year, 40-million dollar contract in late June, the German national has been living in Europe most of the summer. He was in Western New York this week to look for a new house, so the team took advantage of the timing to introduce Ehrhoff to the media.

"Christian fits the way we play," said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. "We're a team that has our defense involved and get up ice, and if you look at the way Vancouver's defensemen played and were involved in the offensive side of the game, it's an automatic fit."

Ehrhoff was traded in June from the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Islanders, but Ehrhoff explained that he turned down the Islanders' contract offer because he wasn't convinced they'd be a championship contender.

"I think since Terry took over the team he has showed that he's very committed to putting a team together that can win the Stanley Cup," said Ehrhoff. "That's why for me it made a lot of sense and that's why I joined the team."

Ehrhoff and his wife will return to Germany to reunite with their two young children, who are now staying with their grandparents, before they return to Western New York to settle and prepare for hockey season. Coincidentally, the Sabres will play in Ehrhoff's homeland as part of their two-game season-opening European tour. Ehrhoff told reporters that he was unaware of the Sabres' schedule when he was acquired but finds the game in Germany a bonus.