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Islander Bits: Ehrhoff's rights to Buffalo. What's next?

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The Islanders' inability to sign Christian Ehrhoff and subsequent move to flip his rights to the Sabres for a fourth-round pick (a scenario that has precedent in last summer's double Dan Hamhuis flip from Nashville to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh) means nothing gained, little lost.

But the Ehrhoff drama does leave us with a question: What's next, and what can be expected from GM Garth Snow as July 1 free agency beckons?

Obviously Snow tried to upgrade the defense with a pre-emptive move before a(nother) weak UFA class opens for bidding. But was it a "always trying to improve move," or an internal evaluation that the Islanders specifically need an aggressively puck-moving, powerplay defenseman?

As discussed to death here, Ehrhoff's defense wasn't his strong suit, but he brought a special brand of offensive ability to the blueline. That kind of profile is only available in weaker measures on this summer's market in Tomas Kaberle (on the decline?) and James Wisniewski (been there), whose rights Montreal flipped to the Blue Jackets.

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Finally, haven't seen this talked about much here yet [Update: Stupid me. I should actually read our site once in a while!]:

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