It's 9:30pm in Germany as of this writing, and still no word from Christian Ehrhoff on whether or not he'll accept the contract that the Buffalo Sabres have offered. It's been confirmed that Ehrhoff has spoken to former San Jose teammates Mike Grier and Craig Rivet and fellow German Jochen Hecht about life in Buffalo and the Sabres organization. Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that the talks have so far been positive, and he plans on making the advantage that the Sabres currently have in negotiation time pay off.
In free agent news of the leaving-town variety, Steve Montador has officially signed with the Chicago Blackhawks to the tune of a 4-year, $11million dollar contract. Monty will get a nice bump in pay from his Sabres days to $2.75million per season. It was also reported today that Chicago tried to acquire Montador at the trade deadline last season, but couldn't pry him away from Buffalo.
Finally, Robyn Regehr was introduced to the media today at a press conference down at HSBC Arena. Regehr was obviously impressed by Terry Pegula, as he said of the Sabres owner, "the biggest thing with a hockey organization is the owner. There have been limitations with resources and they have had to work with that and now there is another level of commitment…It’s an exciting time here in Buffalo."
Regehr was all smiles as he donned a #24 jersey for the presser, but there have been reports that he's trying to get the #28 jersey that he wore in Calgary away from Paul Gaustad. More on this critical news as it develops.