“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 CSNNE.com.
“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.”
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.