Ehrhoff signed with Kolner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga on Monday. Ehrhoff was in camp on a professional tryout agreement with the Bruins, but after failing to secure a commitment for consistent play time, opted to walk away from the tryout. Instead the 34-year-old returns to the DHL where he began his career and last played during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season. After bouncing around the NHL the last few years, it seems unlikely the veteran will be returning to North America to play hockey in the near future.
Ehrhoff -- who was with the Bruins on a professional tryout agreement -- has reportedly elected not to sign with the team, CSN New England reports. Per the report, Ehrhoff preferred to move on after learning that he wasn't in line to be one of the Bruins' top six blueliners. Ehrhoff -- who showed well during the World Cup of Hockey -- could catch on elsewhere, however, after playing capably during his brief stint with Boston.
Ehrhoff inked a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with Boston on Saturday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Ehrhoff had been an unrestricted free agent throughout the offseason but after a WCOH appearance for Team Europe, the Bruins decided to give the 34-year-old a shot to make their roster. It seems likely that the defenseman's best years are behind him as he hasn't contributed more than 14 points since the 2013-14 campaign but with 789 games of NHL experience under his belt, his hockey acumen alone could land him on a third or fourth line on Boston's defense.
Ehrhoff has been traded to the Blackhawks in exchange for Rob Scuderi, Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune reports. This is essentially a lateral swap of defenders who had been waived by their former clubs in 2015-16. Ehrhoff, who reportedly will cost the Blackhawks $1.25 million (after the Kings pay 15 percent of his salary) joins his fourth different club since 2013-14, having been a part of the Sabres, Penguins and Kings over that span. His tour with the Blackhawks might even be short lived as he'll become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Ehrhoff will be assigned to AHL Ontario after clearing waiver Thursday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Ehrhoff finds himself in an unfamiliar situation after being a highly sought after acquisition just two seasons ago. However, an injury plagued year in Pittsburgh as well as his poor form with the Kings, a meager 10 points in 40 contests, has lead to the defenseman going unclaimed off the waiver wire. The 33-year-old has not suited up in the AHL since the 2004-05 campaign with the Cleveland Barons.
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