Morning Free Association: Waivers

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Bookmark the permalink.
the german hammer

About the german hammer

Captain of Bearly on Topic.
newest oldest most recched
Satan 81's Sister
Editor
Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. There’s weird white stuff happening out there.

The London Bear
Member
The London Bear

Morning.

Ritchie played a bit better the last few games, I thought, but I’m on board with this move.

I’d like to see Kuhlman back with Krejci and Debrusk, but Bjork is doing fine in that role for now. I reckon it’ll be Frederic coming up.

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin
IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah, I also thought Ritchie was a little better the last 2, but as a replacement for Acciari, he really hasn’t filled the shoes from a physical standpoint. From a points standpoint, he’s actually been a little better.
Acciari scored 14 points in >900 minutes last season where Ritchie scored 6 in 1/4 of that.
1.3pts/60min vs 0.9pts/60min (granted, Ritchie has been skating with Coyle & Heinen/Bjork rather than Kuraly & Wags which should be a more favorable line).

So while some folks have been screaming about Ritchie, I haven’t cared that much. He’s not the answer for 2RW and as alternate 3RW doesn’t get enough ice time to make much of a difference. He is however, probably the most expendable player on the roster, so if they need more snarl, he’s the guy to send down to the AHL.

Blidh seems like the most logical call-up to replace him – he’s smaller (so is Frederic), but he plays a heavier game.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Not sure if its the weather, but my right foot is killing me…. I got a broken home blocking a shot with my foot some fifteen years ago. Feels like it just happened!

Quaider4ever
Member
Quaider4ever

Haha!! Hockey has broken many a home!!

Bone, of course

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hi!!! Toughness needed in Boston!!! A Neely needed!I