Free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff won’t be returning with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Details below the fold. 

Christian Ehrhoff and Penguins parting ways.

Christian Ehrhoff and Penguins parting ways.

EISHOCKEY NEWS: Herman Kewitz interviewed Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who said he won’t be re-signing with the club. “That’s 99  percent certain,” he told Kerwitz.

Ehrhoff, 32, is eligible on July 1 for unrestricted free agency. He said the Penguins were satisfied with how he played, but the club wants to put more focus on offense and thus more money on forwards. Ehrhoff claims he doesn’t have a problem with that and is already selling his house in Pittsburgh.

Regarding his concussion issues, the blueliner said he was cleared prior to returning to Germany. “The doctors told me I am healthy,” said Ehrhoff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A skilled puck-moving defenseman, the Penguins signed Ehrhoff after he was bought out last summer to a one-year, $4 million deal. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 49 games this season. When healthy, he’s an effective rearguard who tallied 33 points last season on a bad Buffalo Sabres team. Perhaps an NHL club seeking blueline depth will take a chance on him, though he likely won’t get another $4 million deal.