Morning Free Association: What About Ritchie?

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Does anyone expect anything from Brett Ritchie? Surely his signing on July 1 was a curiosity for most Bruins fans as we assumed that Don Sweeney was joking about being active in free agency. He signed Ritchie away from the Dallas Stars, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2011 draft. Yeah, his deal is just for a year at $1 million, neither a long term nor a high cap hit. But, we could’ve used that for the two contracts that have yet to happen.

According to an article from a couple of weeks ago, Ritchie is looked at as being a bit of a rehab project. Let’s hope that his tenure is more successful than other projects like Zac Rinaldo and Brett “Dog Years” Connelly, who actually played his best in Washington and has moved on to the Panthers, where he can find a good retirement home.

The Bruins gave 26-year-old Ritchie a one-year contract after he played the past seven seasons in the Dallas Stars organization, including the past five in the NHL. Ritchie had 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) in 78 games in 2016-17 but followed that with 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 124 games the next two seasons combined.

It looks like his offensive production fell off pretty quickly for a guy who has only been in the league for 5 years. Of course, he looks like he was bitten by the injury bug, which never helps.

Where does he project to play? Is he a fourth liner or a third liner? He’s a right wing, so he could play aside Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom, allowing Chris Wagner to move up to the third line. This isn’t the best formulation since it seems The Mayor and Kuraly work well together.

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Ritchie could go up to the third line, completing the line that finally has a center in Charlie Coyle.

Wherever he ends up, we’ll be happy if he can stay healthy (very important) and can regain a scoring touch (super important).

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Ritchie can’t hurt the Bruins much (i hope). If he buys into the system great. If not, enjoy your million. You’ll never see money like that again!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Still feel gross Rinaldo was ever a Bruin.
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah – I was never one to complain about the cost of the trade, but he was a waste of a roster spot. And an embarrassing dink of an acquisition.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

There was that first couple of weeks where he was actually kind of useful with drawing penalties and you kind of got lulled into a false sense of security like maybe he’s changed and not the dip shit he once was and lol nope he still Rinaldo.

Quaider4ever
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Hi Pals!
Off to Miami today (yuck). Going to visit Jo’s daughter, hubby, and the granddaughter. 4 days sitting on a couch is what’s in store for me….. not my favorite pass time. Oh well.
.The Danbury Hattricks assistant coach, who told players that if they were planning to disrespect the flag to get the fuck out now, is going to be Fox News patriot of the year. Way to go, dude. Tell a bunch of white, mostly Canadian boys not to demonstrate against racism. Pretty sure the thought never entered their minds!
Okay, better get a bit of work done!!

The London Bear
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4 days sitting on a couch is what’s in store for me….. not my favorite pass time.

My brother in law is the same. In fact he’s insisted on fitting us a load of new kitchen furniture while he’s here! (Which means endless trips to hardware shops and Ikea for me, but shouldn’t complain really!)

I’m the king of relaxing. Sunday I spent most of the day in the garden, watching the cricket on my phone and the planes going overhead to the airshow down the road. Bliss! Lazy? What’s that??

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’m the same way. If I’m not at work, I’m sitting in my sun room and enjoying being lazy!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

The garden is great! I would be happy to spend four days in a garden. I don’t have to go full speed to feel active. Sitting, though….
I would be happy to come over and spend four days in your garden!!! Someday! grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

B2B London Garden Party!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I can see how that would go nowcomment image
“Would you like some tea?”
“THERE ISN’T ANY! Bwa ha hah ha haaa!”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If Brexit doesn’t destroy England then we most definitely will!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s a big IF! cry

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’m sure everything will go fine!comment image

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Consider yourselves invited! Can’t guarantee the English weather will play ball of course!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I forgot about the Danbury dude. Were I on that team, I’d get the whole team together to do a group kneel just to undermine the petty jerk. ‘cuz that’s the flavor of asshole that I am.