The Islanders made their pitch to Christian Ehrhoff today and the defenseman turned them down. The offer was much higher than the five-year, $23-million deal he was reportedly offered by the Canucks, who traded his rights to the Isles for a fourth-round pick on Tuesday night.
But Ehrhoff is looking for a bigger, more front-loaded payday on Friday, when free agency opens. And he'll surely get it, given the dearth of good, young defensemen on the market.
Garth Snow and the Isles took their shot. Now it's off to free agency, where it's unlikely the Isles will find a fit; bet on them searching for a team that walks away from an arbitration award or needs to unload a mid-priced player later in the summer, as the Ducks did with James Wisniewski last year when the Isles got him for a third-rounder.
Oddly enough, Wisniewski's rights went from the Canadiens to the Blue Jackets today. If he can't come to terms with Columbus, maybe the Isles take a crack at him again for a year or two? Stranger things have happened.
The Rangers officially bought out Chris Drury this afternoon. Drury is free to sign elsewhere, though it doesn't seem as though he'll be a hot commodity unless he can prove his left knee is healthy enough.