PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The free agency period is open in the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing to reshape their roster.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
The 6-foot-2-inch veteran defenseman has spent the last three years in Buffalo. The Sabres used a compliance buyout on him last week.
Last year, Ehrhoff had six goals and 27 assists. He has played 692 career games and registered 69 goals and 244 assists.
Ehrhoff will likely help fill the void on defense left by Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Deryk Engelland, who are all expected to find work with other teams this summer.
Penguins analyst Bob Errey joined 93-7 The Fan shortly after the signing to talk about what Ehrhoff will bring to the team.
“He is a guy that can do exactly what Niskanen can, ” Errey said. “He is a guy that can play in your top four defense nut, can fill another bill if need be.”
Errey said that this would have been one of the first guys out that they he would have targeted.
“He might have looked bad in Buffalo where everybody looked bad,” Errey said. “I think he will be terrific in a Penguins’ uniform.”
Errey also wondered if this signing could mean that Paul Martin could be dangled as trade bait.
Listen to the interview here: