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Bruins release Christian Ehrhoff from tryout agreement

Christian Ehrhoff (left) tangled with Philadelphia's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during Saturday’s preseason game.
Christian Ehrhoff (left) tangled with Philadelphia's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during Saturday’s preseason game.(michael dwyer/AP)

The Bruins have released Christian Ehrhoff from his professional tryout agreement, according to general manager Don Sweeney.

The Bruins invited Ehrhoff to training camp to compete as a depth defenseman after he played for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. Ehrhoff, 34, was trying to follow the route taken by ex-Bruin Dennis Seidenberg, who played well enough during the tournament to earn a one-year, $1 million contract with the Islanders.

Ehrhoff appeared in three preseason games, including Saturday’s 1-0 overtime win in the finale against Philadelphia.

“It was a chance to prove I can still play in this league,” Ehrhoff said after the game. “I just took it day by day and tried to do my best out there. That’s what I did. I put it all out on the line.”

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Ehrhoff played in 48 games last year with the Kings and Blackhawks. His release leaves the Bruins with nine defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Colin Miller, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, John-Michael Liles, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, Brandon Carlo, and Rob O’Gara.

With the season to open Thursday, the team must set its 23-man roster by Tuesday at 5 p.m. McQuaid and Kevan Miller did not practice Monday because of undisclosed ailments. Carlo and O’Gara, who are eligible to be assigned to Providence, could stick with the big club based on the conditions of McQuaid and Miller.


Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.