The would-be power forward that spent most of the season’s first four months floating around the rink, when he was healthy, was waived Wednesday for purpose of his assignment to Providence of the American Hockey League. Ritchie had two goals in 27 games this season.
Without the Bruins announcing another move, we don’t know yet what they’re thinking about a replacement for Ritchie is. If it's someone coming up from Providence, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman and Jack Studnicka are all candidates that bring different things, and perhaps the Bruins are mulling over exactly what they want to do with their lineup.
They could shift Charlie Coyle back to wing and bring up a center, or they could bring up a wing and then decide if that player should play on the third or second line. Anders Bjork has been inconsistent as David Krejci’s right wing. It could also be time to break up the fourth line again.
Whatever the Bruins decide, it appears they’re not going to be having anything to do with Ritchie, who signed a $1 million, one-year deal July 1, for the foreseeable future.