BUFFALO, NY (NEWS1130) – A month and a half after signing a ten year, $40 million deal, Christian Ehrhoff has arrived in Buffalo. The German defenceman said he was surprised the Canucks traded his negotiating rights.

Ehrhoff admits he thought there was time to get a deal done with Vancouver.

“I thought there was a few days left before free agency,” the 29-year-old said. “I thought we were making some kind of progress, but in the end it didn’t work out and I closed the book on that part of my career.”

Vancouver decided to cease negotiations when it was clear Ehrhoff’s price tag was too rich for them. The Canucks traded the negotiating rights to the NY Islanders on June 28 for a fourth round draft pick next June. After the Isles couldn’t get a deal done, Ehrhoff’s rights were shuffled off to Buffalo the next day for a fourth round draft pick.

On June 30, he signed the big contract with the Sabres that will see him earn $18 million in the first two years of the agreement.

He was seventh overall in scoring for NHL defenceman. He racked up 50 points in 79 games for Vancouver which was a career high. His 36 points were also a personal best in his seven year career.