The Buffalo Sabres are a young team on the verge of recreating their image. The NHL lockout has put a hold on their plans (for now), and has resulted in a couple of their players signing to play overseas. Who else could join Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Ennis?
It's no surprise that Ehrhoff signed with Krefeld of the German Elite League. He played with them for three seasons before he started his NHL career, winning a German championship in 2003.
Ennis' decision was a little more unexpected. Since he re-signed with the Sabres on September 15, the one-way contract would normally require him to clear waivers before he's "sent down" to play in the AHL during the lockout.
However, according to Bill Meltzer of HockeyBuzz.com, since there is no CBA in place, the normal waiver rules wouldn't apply until a new agreement was reached. Ennis will also make much more money playing for SC Langnau in the Swiss Elite League than he would if he played for the Rochester Americans in the AHL.
We're going to look at three other players on the Sabres who could follow Ehrhoff's & Ennis' lead by signing overseas while the lockout drags on.