Islanders trade for Ehrhoff

The New York Islanders have traded for Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, the Canucks announced in a press release. Ehrhoff is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but the Islanders have exclusive negotiating rights with the defenseman, according to the Associated Press.

In seven years in the NHL, five of which were with San Jose and the last two with the Canucks, Ehrhoff has played in 500 games and tallied 226 points. Last season, while helping lead Vancouver to the Stanley Cup Final, he scored 14 goals and added 36 assists. The points, goals and assists each marked career-highs.

Ehrhoff turns 29 on July 6 and is a native of Moers, West Germany. His trade followed the Canucks re-signing Kevin Bieska to a 5-year, $23-million deal.