Breaking: One of the richest NHL players in history has officially retired

The former 50 point defenseman and Olympic hero has finally called it quits.

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According to several German language sources, former NHL defenseman Christan Ehrhoff has retired from professional hockey.

Ehrhoff’s Cologne Sharks of the German DEL were eliminated from playoff contention last night, effectively ending Ehrhoff’s career. The 35 year old blue liner most recently won silver with team Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics just last month where he put up a goal and an assist in seven games during the team’s magical run.

The Moers, Germany native last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks before returning home to Cologne last season. Fairly or not, Ehrhoff will most likely be remembered for being an expensive mistake by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Almost immediately after taking control of his new team Pegula had general manager Tim Murray sign Ehrhoff to a 10 year, $40 million deal. After parts of just three seasons in Buffalo, Ehrhoff’s enormous contract was bought out in June, 2014. 

With his buyout money in pocket, Ehrhoff has the honor, or dishonor depending on how you look at it, of being one of the richest players in NHL history. He’s on the Sabres' payroll with a salary of $850,000 until the 2024-25 season and will cost Pegula an additional $12 million as a result of his buyout. Wow. $12 million just to NOT play hockey... where do I sign up for that kind of gig? 

Other fans may remember Ehrhoff more from his time with the Vancouver Canucks where he put up a staggering 14 goals and 50 points in 79 points during the 2010-11 season and a further 12 points in 23 games during the team’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

All told Ehrhoff had 74 goals and 339 points in 789 games split between the San Jose Sharks, Canucks, Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and the Blackhawks. 

Breaking: Flames’ Gaudreau granted leave of absence from team

According to Calgary Flames head coach Glenn Gulutzan, superstar forward Johnny Gaudreau has flown home to deal with a family matter and will not play tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Kings.

It’s unclear just exactly what the personal matter is, but typically these types of situations are rarely good news. We’ll avoid speculating until more information surfaces.

The 24 year old Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring this season with 23 goals and 82 points in 76 games. Despite establishing a new career high in points this season, it’s been a tough go for Gaudreau and the Flames in 2017-18. A midseason injury to starting goalie Mike Smith has seemingly derailed the team to the point where qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs now seems like a total pipe dream.