Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

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Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

NEW YORK The Boston Celtics will once again experience life without Ray Allen, whose right ankle injury apparently hasn't healed as well as believed.

Allen went through shoot-around this morning, and seemed fine. But C's coach Doc Rivers got the news afterward that Allen's ankle problems would keep him out of the C's lineup once again.

"As far as the movement, the mobility from the morning, it wasn't to my liking," said Allen, who will miss his 15th game in the last 16 played by the C's.

Allen's injury has been disappointing from the start. But now it's starting to trend towards frustration.

"I was excited about coming in, feeling that lift and spring again," Allen said. "But for some reason, it wasn't there. That's the disappointment that it lingers towards frustration. I've been doing what I need to do to get back. I guess my ankle is saying, 'I'm not ready yet,' I gotta take more time."

Rivers had already implemented the inclusion of Allen in his game plan for tonight's game, only to find out upon arriving at Madison Square Garden that Allen would not play.

"I got here and got the Grim Reaper (Eddie Lacerte, the C's team trainer) - that's what we call Eddie when he comes in. And he gave me the news. Just roll with it, and we'll see tomorrow."

That was just the beginning of the bad news for Boston.

Mickael Pietrus watched shoot-around this morning, but was sent back to Boston to have his knee examined. His status for Wednesday's game against Orlando is unclear.

Rivers believes his problem has more to do with the schedule being so packed with games.

"You kind of forget that he's been out so long," Rivers said. "And then we kind of threw him back in the fire. I probably errored there, too. Three games in a row for him, his knee swelled up so we sent him back home right away."

Pietrus suffered a concussion on March 23 which forced him to miss the C's next 10 games. He returned on April 11 against Atlanta and appeared in the next four games which included the Celtics' only set of back-to-back-to-back games this season.

It is unclear when either player will return to the lineup. But as has been the case with guys getting hurt all season, there will not be any plans to rush anyone back - especially with the playoffs just a couple weeks away.

"At the end of the day, we need everyone for the playoffs," Rivers said.

Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

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Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement). CSN has confirmed that Ehrhoff has indeed agreed to a PTO with the Bruins, and he'll report to the team sometime this weekend.

The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.