PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 19: Radko Gudas #3 of the Philadelphia Flyers in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Toronto Maple Leafs won, 3-2. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Report: NHL reviewing ‘shoulder to the head’ Gudas hit on Bruins’ Czarnik


Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is back in the news for another questionable hit — this time on Boston Bruins prospect forward Austin Czarnik during Saturday’s exhibition game.

The hit occurred early in the third period. Gudas was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

However, according to CSN New England, citing an anonymous source, the league is reviewing the hit.

“I just looked at [the hit]. There’s no update on [Czarnik]. We saw the shoulder to the head. Somehow he seems to have a knack of getting himself in trouble every game. I didn’t like the hit personally,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, as per

“I thought it was a little bit late, and a shoulder to the head. It’s disappointing. Here’s a young player [in Czarnik] having a good camp and really playing well, and then he ends up with a hit like that in the last few minutes.”

Earlier this week, Gudas, who has a history with the league’s Department of Player Safety and suspensions, was ejected for boarding Jimmy Vesey, however in that case, he avoided supplemental discipline.

Related: Gudas says he gets it now — ‘I can’t be doing this on the ice’

Christian Ehrhoff showing the Bruins he still has something to offer

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 27: Christian Ehrhoff #10 of Team Europe looks on against Team Canada during the second period during Game One of the World Cup of Hockey final series at Air Canada Centre on September 27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A strong showing at the World Cup of Hockey was enough to get Christian Ehrhoff a tryout with the Boston Bruins. At the very least, he made quite an impression on Bruins coach Claude Julien during the tournament.

On Tuesday night in their preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens, he tried to make another statement that he can still provide something to help them. And given what has happened to their defense over the past couple of years, both in terms of age and established players leaving the team, they could certainly use an upgrade at the position.

Late in the first period he beat Montreal goalie Al Montoya with a perfectly placed, rocket of a slap shot just under the crossbar to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Have a look (GIF via @MarcPDumont)

Ehrhoff’s career has taken a sharp downward turn the past two seasons, mainly due to injury. After being bought out by Buffalo following the 2012-13 season, he signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh that seemed to be a situation where he could have used to built up his value for another big contract the following season. But concussion issues cut his season in half and he really hasn’t been the same player since. He played in 48 games for the Kings and Blackhawks last season, scoring two goals.

If nothing else, Boston seems to be a great spot for him to try and earn a spot given the makeup of the defense entering camp. Once you get beyond Zdeno Chara (who is now another year older and another year closer to 40) and Torey Krug, there really isn’t anybody on the blue line that can provide any sort of a scoring threat from the blue line. Ehrhoff, in theory, could provide some of that.

And as he showed on that goal on Tuesday, he can still absolutely bring it when he has an opportunity to wind up and really step into a slap shot.

Ehrhoff, with the Bruins on a PTO, impressed Julien during the World Cup

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 29: Steven Stamkos #91 of Team Canada is checked into the boards by Christian Ehrhoff #10 of Team Europe during the second period during Game Two of the World Cup of Hockey final series at the Air Canada Centre on September 29, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Christian Ehrhoff is hoping to pull a Dennis Seidenberg and turn his World Cup performance for Team Europe into a guaranteed NHL contract.

In an odd twist, Ehrhoff will try to do it with the Boston Bruins, the same team that made Seidenberg a free agent when they bought him out in June. Seidenberg then turned his World Cup performance into a contract with the New York Islanders.

Ehrhoff, meanwhile, is with Boston on a professional tryout. During the World Cup, he impressed Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who was on Team Canada’s bench as an assistant coach.

“He’s a good-sized defenseman, skates well and moves the puck well. What I liked about him, and I told them that, was that his compete level was pretty good,” said Julien, per CSN New England. “If he comes here and competes the same way then he’s somebody that could make things interesting for us. I really felt that he was a good addition to our group trying to make the team on a PTO, and we’ll see where we go from there.”

Ehrhoff, 34, had a frustrating 2015-16 campaign. He started with the Kings, but it wasn’t a “style fit” there. He was traded to the Blackhawks in late February, but only played eight games for them. He was a healthy scratch for the playoffs.

In Boston, he joins a defense that many felt would be upgraded this offseason. But that never happened, making room for him to audition.

Related: The Bruins need Colin Miller to make an impact

Is this it for Peter Mueller after Bruins end his PTO?

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Peter Mueller #93 of the Boston Bruins reacts after missing a shot during the shootout in the preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets  at TD Garden on September 26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Peter Mueller clearly wanted to return to the NHL in 2016-17, but that won’t happen with the Boston Bruins.

The team announced that they released Mueller, 28, from his PTO on Sunday.

It’s tough not to wonder if this is it – at least in NHL terms – for the eighth overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft. Mueller hasn’t played at the highest level of hockey since 2012-13, when he scored 17 points in 43 contests with the Florida Panthers.

Mueller has experienced a career of starts and stops, yet it feels like he never truly recovered from the concussion he suffered thanks to a hard hit by Rob Blake.

Report: Ehrhoff headed to Bruins on a PTO

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The Boston Bruins were under some serious pressure this summer to improve their group of defensemen.

That didn’t happen.

With training camp and the preseason now in full swing, it appears the Bruins are bringing in a veteran blue liner — at least on a professional tryout.

On Friday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that unrestricted free agent blue liner Christian Ehrhoff is about to join Boston on a PTO following his showing at the World Cup of Hockey.

In six games with Team Europe, Ehrhoff had three assists — all at even strength — and nine shots on goal.

Ehrhoff is now 34 years old, and the Bruins already have a pair of seasoned defenders in Zdeno Chara (39 years old) and John-Michael Liles (35 years old) on their roster. Adam McQuaid turns 30 years old in October.

Ehrhoff played last season on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, and was placed on waivers in February while with the L.A. Kings, before he was traded to Chicago. Age and injuries have caught up to him, and he never did fit with the Kings’ style under Darryl Sutter.

He was most productive during two seasons in Vancouver, a puck-moving defenseman that could effectively skate the puck out of trouble and move the attack that way if need be. But that was from 2009 to 2011. His production has dipped, especially over the last three years.

He was also pivotal to Vancouver’s power play, especially in 2011 when the Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy and made it to the Stanley Cup Final — against Boston.

Again, that was five years ago.