It’s Called Cap Circumvention, Beeyotchs.

As Sabres fans we have no frame of reference for this, but Darcy just gave some dude named Christian Ehrhoff forty million dollars in the form of a ten-year contract. The deal is structured all wonky-like, and Ehrhoff gets something like 45% of the total contract in the first two years.

I know almost nothing about Ehrhoff. I know he’s German, and I know he used to play for the Canucks and the Sharks, and I know he’s an offensive-defensman.  I hope he’s good, because he’s (supposedly) going to be a Sabre for the next ten years.

But (and this might just be the three beers I drank with dinner talking), I do not care about ANY of that.

I just canNOT believe that the Sabres are all of a sudden a team that is throwing around money like we just don’t care. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE? Terry Pegula is like some sort of hilarious DREAM. This is exactly the kind of contract that Darcy would’ve bitched and whined about last year. This is the kind of contract that I neeeevvvver thought I’d see the Sabres signing. This is a Flyers contract, not a Sabres contract. This contract is blatantly unfair to the teams operating on a tight budget, AND I LOVE IT.

Cap circumvention used to make me angry, but now it makes me smile.

Frankly, I don’t give a rip if Ehrhoff is “worth it”. It’s not my money, and thanks to Darcy’s shifty negotiating skillz, the contract is preposterously front loaded and hilariously cap-circumvent-y. If this doesn’t work out, Pegula will either buy out the contract or it will be drastically altered by the new CBA in a few years. Either way, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! We got a reasonably good defenseman in a weak UFA year for only $4 million against the cap! WOOOOO!

And free agency hasn’t even started.

Shit just got real, yo. REAL AWESOME.

7 Responses to “It’s Called Cap Circumvention, Beeyotchs.”


  1. 1 T--W June 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Haters will hate (Leafs fans…).

  2. 2 trevor July 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’m starting to think that if DR can sign Richards to a front-loaded contract that will be a $5-6M cap hit, maybe he should just do it. Not because Richards is any friggin’ good – because he’s a legit #1 C who will allow Roy/Vanek to play on the 3rd line and TEAR. SHIT. UP.

    This is exactly the philosophy in adding Regehr/Ehrhoff – Myers can now play on the 2nd D pairing and dominate.

    Where you ‘overpay’ the individual, you really don’t overpay once you put it in the perspective of the entire team concept. You either get the guys needed to implement the strategy you want, or you don’t. Sign Leino and Richards today, DR! We already have over 10M in space, an extra 5M once we bury Kotex and Morrisonn in Roch (or trade), and another 4M by waiving Hecht. We gots 20M in coin to play with today, bitches!!

  3. 3 Mike July 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I don’t agree that it’s circumvention. The NHL essentially defined what circumvention is when Kovalchuk and the Devils forced them to last summer in the form of that CBA amendment, and Ehrhoff’s deal violates none of those rules as far as I’m aware. (Except for maybe the signing bonus portion, because that’s unclear to me for non-entry level contracts, but the three $1M years are certainly not circumventing anything by the NHL’s definition.)

    So in other words: suck it, rest of the NHL.

  4. 4 trevor July 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    By the way.. I think the Sabres can accomplish the same thing this year by signing Thomas Fleischman instead for at least half the cost.

  5. 5 ToonTom July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Remember the old days? “And in other NHL news, the Buffalo Sabres signed a door knob and a block of cheese.”

    Those days are gone. Thank you Mr. Pegula.

  6. 6 Kate-O July 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE the fact that even if this isn’t technically cap circumvention, it’s pretty darn close and even the suggestion of such a contract would have been unheard of for the Sabres just 6 months ago.

  7. 7 trevor July 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

    So is this the place to be come noon today? I’ll be here!


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