Bruins president Cam Neely confirmed after Friday’s 2-1 victory at Detroit that Christian Ehrhoff will join the club, possibly as early as Saturday, on a tryout basis.
Ehrhoff, 34, played for the Canucks in the 2011 Cup final vs. the Bruins. He has been somewhat of an NHL nomad ever since, playing for the likes of Buffalo, Pittsburgh, LA and Chicago — splitting his time with the latter two clubs just last season.
Comcast’s Joe Haggerty was the first to report Ehrhoff’s decision to come to Boston.
Ehrhoff wrapped up his time with Team Europe Thursday night in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, where he was a teammate of Boston captain Zdeno Chara. It’s likely that Chara would have endorsed the move to give Ehrhoff a look. Boston coach Claude Julien, part of Team Canada coaching staff at the tournament, also will have had a good look at the veteran defender.
The issue, of course, will be whether Ehrhoff, 6 feet 2 inched and 200 pounds, can keep up with the speed of the ever-faster NHL.
“We figured, ‘Let’s take a look,’ ’’ said Neely. “And that’s something we’ll want to see, the pace, yes. So, take a look, right?’’