Ehrhoff’s Cologne Sharks of the German DEL were eliminated from playoff contention last night, effectively ending Ehrhoff’s career. The 35-year-old blueliner most recently won silver with Team Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics just last month where he put up a goal and an assist in seven games during the team’s magical run.
The Moers, Germany native last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks before returning home to Cologne last season. Fairly or not, Ehrhoff will most likely be remembered for being an expensive mistake by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Almost immediately after taking control of his new team Pegula had general manager Tim Murray sign Ehrhoff to a 10 year, $40 million deal. After parts of just three seasons in Buffalo, Ehrhoff’s enormous contract was bought out in June, 2014.
With his buyout money in the pocket, Ehrhoff has the honor, or dishonor depending on how you look at it, of being one of the richest players in NHL history. He’s on the Sabres’ payroll with a salary of $850,000 until the 2024-25 season and will cost Pegula an additional $12 million as a result of his buyout. Wow. $12 million just to NOT play hockey… where do I sign up for that kind of gig?
Other fans may remember Ehrhoff more from his time with the Vancouver Canucks where he put up a staggering 14 goals and 50 points in 79 points during the 2010-11 season and a further 12 points in 23 games during the team’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.