Ritchie signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Saturday. After spending the previous seasons with the rival Bruins, Ritchie should help replace some of the puck retrieval skills Toronto lost when Zach Hyman walked in free agency. While Ritchie doesn't possess Hyman's scoring touch, the big-bodied winger is excellent at screening the goalie and could earn a prominent role on Toronto's high-powered power play. Among Ritchie's 15 goals in 56 games last season, five came with the extra man.
Ritchie will hit the open market after not receiving a qualifying offer from Boston on Monday. This comes as a bit of a surprise after Ritchie racked up 15 goals and 26 points with the Bruins last season. The 25-year-old averaged a career-high 15:22 of ice time and racked up 102 hits. Boston could look to re-sign Ritchie before Wednesday but he'll certainly draw interest around the league as an unrestricted free agent.
Ritchie posted an assist, two shots on goal and four PIM in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 2. Ritchie set up Charlie Coyle for the opening tally just 2:38 into the game. Through seven games, Ritchie has provided decent depth scoring with four points and a plus-1 rating in seven contests. He's added 10 PIM and 21 hits as a physical presence in the middle six.
Ritchie scored a power-play goal and added four hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 1. Ritchie deflected a David Pastrnak shot from the left circle, and the puck just barely crossed the goal line to tie the game at 2-2. The 25-year-old Ritchie enjoyed a productive year with 26 points (nine on the power play) in 56 contests. He'll continue to get ice time with the Bruins' best players on the top power-play unit as a net-front presence. The winger added 102 hits and 37 PIM, so he'll also supply a physical edge.
Ritchie scored a goal on two shots and added a pair of hits in Monday's 3-0 win over New Jersey. Ritchie opened the scoring 9:08 into the second period, sneaking a one-timer just inside the near post from the right faceoff circle. It was Ritchie's 14th goal of the season, matching the career high he established as a sophomore in 2016-17 with Anaheim.
Last 7 Games
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