Bruins sign Ehrhoff to PTO

Most Bruins fans remember Christian Ehrhoff as a member of the 2011 Vancouver Canucks that faced off against their home team. The B’s ultimately won the series and their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. The very same Erhoff signed with the Bruins on a professional tryout just a few days ago. Assuming he makes the team, Ehrhoff will be a very solid addition to the Bruins D corps. Claude Julien praised the 34-year old’s effort at the World Cup of Hockey as Team Europe advanced to the finals against Team Canada, going much further than anyone expected. Julien said, “He’s always been a guy that’s skated well, moved the puck well and been a good heads-up kind of player. And the way he competed in the World Cup is what probably got our attention and mine probably from a closer look, I guess. I thought he competed really well.” This was a type of move the B’s desperately needed to make as the D corps is very thin. Obviously this signing is a stop-gap solution meaning he likely will only be with the team 2 seasons at the most if they resign him after this season assuming he’s not traded. If he can pick up big minutes it will help the B’s ease in guys like Joe Morrow and Colin Miller so they don’t need to play too much. Ehrhoff played with Chara on Team Europe and likely will be paired with him a decent amount and hopefully can take some amount of pressure off of Number 33. Also Ehrhoff can be used on the power play and likely in big situations. He has battled injuries ever since leaving Vancouver. He played in just 48 games last year with Chicago and Los Angeles. Obviously his age and injury history are a concern but the B’s really don’t have many options to be picky, Ehrhoff is a good signing by Don Sweeney and likely will help early in the season. With Kevan Miller getting injured last night in the B’s preseason game against Montreal, Ehrhoff could potentially be part of the starting lineup when the Bruins open the season in Columbus.

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