The Boston Bruins have been somewhat lackluster on defense in the last few years – so with just a few weeks until the 2016-17 season begins, they’ve added veteran blue liner Christian Ehrhoff to their roster on a professional tryout contract. If he performs well in the team’s final preseason contests, he could earn a standard player contract to keep him in the NHL for the upcoming year.
A native of Moers, Germany, the 34-year-old Ehrhoff has been in the NHL since the 2003-04 season, when he first skated out with the San Jose Sharks as a called up prospect.
Since then, he has gone on to appear in 789 career NHL games, recording 74 goals and 340 points in the process. He’s been a member of the Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks, the Buffalo Sabres, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Chicago Blackhawks – although after bouncing around last season and failing to find a secure spot on a team’s blue line, he found himself facing down free agency with few buyers this summer.
Fresh off an appearance at the World Cup of Hockey with Team Europe, the veteran defenseman is likely hoping that this PTO will earn him some security for the upcoming season. He’ll need to show that he’s still capable of producing, though; with just 48 combined NHL games last season between the Kings and the Blackhawks, Ehrhoff doesn’t hold the advantage in contract negotiations at the moment.
The Boston Bruins still have four more preseason contests left before the regular season begins.