The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year, $4 million deal as their first addition on Tuesday’s free agent frenzy, according to TSN insider Bob McKenzie.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2014
Ehrhoff, 31, was just recently let go via a compliance buyout by the Buffalo Sabres.
This past season with Buffalo, Ehrhoff collected 33 points (6G, 27A) in 79 regular-season contests, which is pretty good considering how bad the Sabres were.
Set to be 32-years-old on Jul. 6, Ehrhoff will add size and depth to Pittsburgh, who has already lost Brooks Orpik, and will now more than likely lose Matt Niskanen.
Although defense isn’t Pittsburgh’s top priority, Ehrhoff is a former 50-point player, and is signed to just a one-year deal, which means he may be inclined to prove himself for next summer’s impending contract.
If Ehrhoff can return to what he was with the Vancouver Canucks, this could be a steal. However, pressure’s certainly on, given the Penguins’ cap situation.