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Penguins sign Christian Ehrhoff to one year deal

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The Pittsburgh Penguins made the first major signing of the day.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins made the first major signing of the day.

After all the talk was about the forwards, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the biggest first splash of the day, signing a defenseman in Christian Ehrhoff .

The Pens needed to replace Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, both free agents who won't be back.

This could be a bigger piece still to come, particularly with Paul Martin who has one year left on his contract. Martin hasn't shown interest in re-signing and might be moved. If so, the Pens have his replacement at a $1 million dollar savings.

Ehrhoff has been a pretty consistent player and is a quality NHL defenseman, he'll be a great addition in Pittsburgh. For just one year and at this price-tag, it looks like a good move to make, but it seems clear there are a lot more dominoes that will soon be falling as the free agent frenzy picks up.