Ritchie wasn't qualified by the Stars on Tuesday, making him a free agent. Ritchie saw all of his statistics dramatically drop from 2017-18 to last season, suiting up in just 57 games and collecting six points. He was able to dish out punishment with 126 hits last season, but it was tough to justify keeping a player with his production for $1.75 million. He'll likely have some options on the open market, but won't be a fantasy asset next season barring dramatic improvement.
Ritchie will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 7 showdown with the Blues, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports. This news is somewhat shocking, considering Ritchie hasn't suited up in a single game during the playoffs thus far. It's likely that Head coach Jim Montgomery prefers the 6-foot-4 physical presence of Ritchie for a tight-checking game. Ritchie will look to use his big body to dish out punishment, as evidenced by his 126 hits this season. He will be replacing Mattias Janmark in the lineup.
Ritchie (hand) is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's road clash against Chicago, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports. Ritchie will make his return to the lineup after missing four of the last six games with a hand injury. His return won't likely have a big effect from a fantasy perspective, as he has just six points in 52 games this campaign. The 25-year-old could see a boost in ice time with Jamie Benn resting Friday, but it's no guarantee.
Ritchie (hand) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's home tilt against the Flyers, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports. Ritchie has only suited up in three of the past five games for the Stars, and the hand injury could be to blame. The 25-year-old's absence from the lineup likely won't have a big fantasy impact, as he's accumulated six points in 52 games this campaign. Head coach Jim Montgomery did add that Ritchie could see action in Friday, Saturday or both games upcoming.
Ritchie notched his third goal of the season to close out the first half Saturday against the Jets. Ritchie owns just five points overall through 26 contests this season, but he'd been on a drought of nine consecutive games played without one before finding the back of the net against the Jets. In his fifth season at the top level, Ritchie has seen his playing time dip to a career-low 9:44 of ice time per contest, so there's little to look forward to in terms of second-half prospects.
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