The Sabres have bought out defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo GM Tim Murray announced on Sunday.
Ehrhoff, who will become one of the most sought after unrestricted free agents available July 1, had seven years remaining on his contract with an annual cap hit of $4 million.
The 31-year-old German scored six goals and 33 points in 79 games last season while leading the Sabres in ice time with 23:54 per game.
Ehrhoff had his best season with the Canucks in 2010-11 when he scored 14 goals and 50 points in 79 games. In 692 games career games with Buffalo, Vancouver and San Jose, the six-foot-two, 196-pound blueliner has scored 69 goals to go along with 244 assists.
The NHL’s buyout window closes at 5 p.m. ET on June 30.