Christian Ehroff (Orland Kurtenbach, Wikimedia Commons)
Two defencemen on Canadian-based teams have signed long term deals south of the border.
On Friday, it was confirmed that the Buffalo Sabres have signed defenceman Christian Ehrhoff from the Vancouver Canucks to a ten year deal worth $40 million and the Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens to a six year deal worth $33 million.
Ehrhoff had 14 goals and 36 assists last season and was a +19. Wisniewski had ten goals and 41 assists.
Wisniewski, however is going into a similar situation in Columbus as when he started the 2010-11 NHL season with the New York Islanders. There, Wisniewski was only a -18, compared to being a +4 with Montreal.
In other moves Friday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $3.3 million. Jagr, who played last year in the Kontinental Hockey League, and was instrumental for Team Russia at the World Hockey Championships, still has a great offensive upside at 39 years of age.
The Sabres also improved their offense, signing Ville Leino to a six year deal worth $27 million. In 2009-10, Leino had career highs of 19 goals and 34 assists with the Flyers last season.
The Flyers also traded Kris Versteeg to the Florida Panthers for a pair of draft picks. The Lethbridge native had 46 points with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Flyers in 2010-11.
The Montreal Canadiens signed former Oiler Erik Cole to a four year worth $18 million from the Carolina Hurricanes and goaltender Peter Budaj to a two year deal worth $2.3 million from the Colorado Avalanche.