Ehrhoff could be the next to leave town

Christian Ehrhoff is scheduled to play in Buffalo until 2021. He may not make it to Thursday.

The Sabres have asked Ehrhoff to supply a list of eight teams to which he will not accept a trade. The defenseman, who is in the third year of a 10-year contract, has a modified no-trade clause but can be moved to the 21 teams he did not list.

He’s not surprised the Sabres asked him.

“They obviously want to be prepared come trade deadline,” Ehrhoff said Friday. “We’ll see where it will take us.”

Ehrhoff joined the Sabres in June 2011 when the team was riding the wave created by new owner Terry Pegula. The wave is gone and the barren land of 30th place remains after two seasons with no playoffs.

“It hasn’t been what everybody expected,” Ehrhoff said in First Niagara Center before Friday’s 4-2 win over San Jose. “We’re in 30th place, and they’ve got to be prepared. It’s part of the business. I’ll keep on focusing on hockey.”

The 31-year-old wouldn’t be against a trade, but he’s not seeking one.