Brett Ritchie was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins. Ritchie hasn’t quite caught on when he’s played and it’s possible that his being sent down to the AHL is another message to the team that has gone 9-6-7 since December 1st, a team that looked to have turned a corner with last week’s play. The team’s effort has flat since the midway point of the Flyers game on Monday, with the team playing 72:39 seconds of game time without scoring a goal.
Of course, there are other reasons he could be sent down; the team could be looking to make room on the roster to bring up a goalie in the wake of Tuukka Rask’s concussion sustained on Tuesday night or they could be readying for a trade. The former is likely, the second is just a rumor for now.
Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal suggests that the Bruins aren’t losing anything with this move but will have to choose between bringing up a player with toughness or skill to replace him in the lineup. Luckily, both Anton Blidh (toughness) and Karson Kuhlman (skill) have returned to the game after their injuries kept them from playing for parts of the season.
Ryan suggests that Trent Frederic or Blidh could be called upon to fit that power forward position that Don Sweeney wants in the lineup. Frederic’s game has been improving in the AHL after a slow start with the P-Bruins. He also has a ton of penalty minutes, 102, if the B’s want someone who can punch some guys if needed. Zach Senyshyn and Kuhlman can be called up if speed is preferred.
We’ll see if anyone gets the call-up tonight when the Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for their 3rd game in 4 nights, this time at home.