We're at the point in the NHL offseason when anything can happen and usually does. What was gospel one minute quickly becomes irrelevant the next minute.
So with the news on Sunday that the Buffalo Sabres will use a compliance buyout on veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, making him an unrestricted free agent, the Red Wings have altered their offseason game plan.
Although the Wings are still extremely interested in defensemen Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle, Ehrhoff has also been added to their wish list.
As a team source explained, the three defensemen are 1A, 1B and 1C.
Ehrhoff, who will turn 32 in early July, has long been on the Wings' radar. They made a play for him at last year's trade deadline, but the Sabres chose not to move him.
Despite being a left-handed shot, Ehrhoff is big (6-foot-2, 196 pounds), mobile, skates well with quick acceleration, logs a lot of minutes and can quarterback a power play.
Since Nick Lidstrom retired, the Wings have felt that they've lacked a true ...