Ritchie has cleared waivers and is slated to head to AHL Providence, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. In 27 games with Boston, Ritchie recorded two goals and six points to go along with 21 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, who the Bruins hoped would add more physicality up front, will now look to pick up the pace at the AHL level and if he does, he'll be a candidate for a recall.
The Bruins placed Ritchie on waivers Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Ritchie's only notched two assists while averaging under 10 minutes of ice time per contest in his last eight appearances, so this move doesn't come as a huge surprise. The 26-year-old winger will be assigned to Boston's minor-league affiliate if he passes through waivers.
Ritchie picked up an assist with less than a minute left in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Predators. Inserted back into the lineup on the third line, Ritchie saw only 8:15 in ice time. He has already tied last season's point total of six in 29 less games, but he continues to be swapped into and out of the lineup depending on injuries.
Ritchie had a game-high six hits in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Sabres. After being a healthy scratch last game, Ritchie returned to the lineup with a physical effort. However, his tripping penalty with four minutes left in the game couldn't have pleased head coach Bruce Cassidy. Ritchie will likely continue to rotate in and out of the lineup with Par Lindholm and David Backes.
Ritchie will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Panthers, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports. Ritchie has played in four games since returning from an infection, posting zero points and a minus-4 rating. The Bruins have lost four straight games in regulation, so it appears Ritchie will endure a press-box stint as coach Bruce Cassidy mixes up the lines to help the team get back on track. Charlie Coyle is expected to flank the second line for Saturday's game.
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