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Sabres acquire rights to Ehrhoff

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Christian Ehrhoff apparently didn't want to sign with the New York Islanders. The Buffalo Sabres will have the next crack at inking the veteran defenseman.

Ehrhoff, who turns 29 on July 6, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless he signs with a team.

On Tuesday, the Islanders acquired the rights to Ehrhoff from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft. Now, the Sabres have acquired his rights from the Isles for a similar pick in 2012.

Ehrhoff tied a career high with 14 goals and set career bests with 36 assists and 50 points over 79 regular-season games, helping the Canucks to the Presidents' Trophy and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. He added two goals and 12 points in 23 playoff tilts.

The 28-year-old German made $3.4 million in the final year of his three-year contract.

Over exactly 500 NHL appearances with San Jose and Vancouver, Ehrhoff racked up 53 goals and 226 points.

A former fourth-round pick of San Jose in 2001, Ehrhoff represented his home country at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.

06/29 20:57:53 ET