Canucks trade Ehrhoff's rights to Islanders

The Vancouver Canucks' lost a defenceman Tuesday when the team traded pending free agent Christian Ehrhoff to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft.

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Christian Ehrhoff's days as a Vancouver Canuck are done.

The Canucks announced Tuesday that the rights to the defenceman have been traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Ehrhoff becomes an unrestricted free agent on Saturday, the start of the free-agency period. The Islanders will have exclusive negotiation rights with the German veteran until then.

The move comes hours after the Canucks signed top defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a $23-million US, five-year contract extension.

Ehrhoff was a solid contributor to the Canucks' first-overall finish in the 2010-11 regular season, putting up 50 points (14 goals, 36 assists) and a plus-19 rating in 79 games.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs, where he had 12 points in 23 games and a minus-13 rating. He was limited to one point in Vancouver's Stanley Cup final loss to Boston, and was on the ice for two of the Bruins' four goals in the deciding game. He said after the final that he had been playing with an injured shoulder.