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Decision on Ehrhoff today?

The Islanders acquired the rights to Vancouver Canucks

The Islanders acquired the rights to Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2012. Photo Credit: Getty Images

If money truly is not the issue, but rather Christian Ehrhoff's willingness to play for the Islanders, then yes, a decision should be expected today.

Ehrhoff's agent, Rick Curran, confirmed to Newsday that he has spoken to his client this morning -- Ehrhoff is back in his native Germany -- to make him aware of the situation but he declined to comment further on the conversation.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow said he expects to know what his chances are today, so expect some indication once the two sides talk.

Calder Trophy finalist and former Canuck Michael Grabner announced on Twitter this morning that he has spoken to his former teammate and endorsed Long Island as a "great" place to play.

"Rest is up to him people," Grabner tweeted.

The Islanders acquired the rights to the 28-year-old Canucks defenseman Tuesday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2012. Snow now has an exclusive window to negotiate a deal with him until Friday at 12:01 p.m. when he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent.

Ehrhoff reportedly spurned an offer from Vancouver that was similar to the multi-year deal they extended to fellow Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (5-year, $23 million). WIth the Islanders' willingness to go above that offer, one has to believe they are prepared to sign him to a multi-year deal at $5 million per year.

As has become recent trend, Ehrhoff could also be looking to front-load a deal in anticipation of a potential rollback or lockout in 2012.

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