Ehrhoff shipped to Islanders

Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff skates during the warmup before facing the Canadiens at the Bell...

Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff skates during the warmup before facing the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., Feb. 2, 2010. (QMI Agency)

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Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, due to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, proved to be too rich for the Vancouver Canucks' blood.

The Canucks traded Ehrhoff's negotiating rights to the New York Islanders Tuesday for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

The move isn't entirely unexpected. TSN reported that Ehrhoff had rejected a deal that was similar to the five-year, $23 million contract Kevin Bieksa signed Monday. Earlier Tuesday, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis admitted he was not optimistic about re-signing Ehrhoff.

"We're still taking about different possibilities, but like I said earlier, playing on this team is more important than individual compensation," Gillis said Tuesday. "That's our expectation with everybody. It works with some but it may not work with others. I can't tell you what I expect.

"We'll just see how it goes. If he's unwilling to accept what we think is fair and allows us to be competitive, we'll go in a different direction."

Ehrhoff, 28, had 14 goals and 36 assists in 79 games last season.


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