After being part of a Team Europe that surprised many during the World Cup of Hockey tournament, Christian Ehrhoff earned himself a PTO with the Boston Bruins.
If you’re a defenseman looking for work, you could do worse than joining the Bruins.
Boston is certainly in need of young, puck moving defensemen and although Ehrhoff isn’t young, he can still move the puck somewhat effectively.
The 34-year-old scored in his preseason debut against the Canadiens last week and managed to put together a decent camp.
“I thought overall I played pretty good,” said Ehrhoff, per CSN New England.
“For me it’s a chance to prove that I can still play in this league and I just took it day-by-day and tried to do my best out there. That’s what I did. I put it all on the line, and now I wait and see.”
The veteran blue liner has moved a lot over the last couple of years, as he’s played for Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles in the last three seasons.
Although Boston isn’t very deep on the back end, they still have seven defensemen on one-way contracts, which means Ehrhoff has to beat one of them out or the team has to be willing to keep eight guys.
If they don’t go with eight, the only player Ehrhoff may realistically have a chance to supplant is 23-year-old Joe Morrow.
The team would have to pay Morrow his full $800,000 salary if they send him to the minors, but it wouldn’t count on the salary cap.
But for a team looking to get younger on D, does that kind of move really make sense? Not really.
This might be Ehrhoff’s final NHL opportunity. If he fails to make the Bruins, he might look to return to Europe.
If he can’t latch on in the NHL this year, don’t feel too bad for him. Thanks to a compliance buyout from the Sabres in 2014, he’ll earn just over $857,000 per year until 2027-28.
Regardless, a final decision should be made before Tuesday evening.