Maple Leafs signal Nick Ritchie to Two-Yr, $5 Million Contract
The Toronto Maple Leafs proceed to fill the void left by some departing free brokers by including forwards to their depth.Their newest signing seems to be the largest swing but.The Leafs signed ahead Nick Ritchie to a two-year contract on Saturday. The participant will carry a wage cap hit of $2.5 million per season.A primary-round choose, 10th general by the Anaheim Geese within the 2014 NHL Draft, Ritchie performed in all 56 common season video games with the Boston Bruins final season. He scored 15 targets and added 11 assists whereas averaging 15:22 of ice time per recreation.The 25-year-old left-winger performed totally on the Bruin’s third line final season and was an efficient net-front presence on the ability play. 5 of his 15 targets final season got here with the person benefit.Ritchie was on observe to change into a restricted free agent till the Bruins did not tender him a qualifying supply of $2 million by Monday’s deadline, which allowed the participant to signal with the membership of his selecting.Ondrej Kase, one other Bruins participant, was additionally not tendered a qualifying supply. He signed a one-year, $1.25 million take care of the Maple Leafs on Friday.In Ritchie, the Leafs get a participant that head coach Sheldon Keefe is aware of. Keefe coached Ritchie for half a season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds through the 2014-15 season.The additions of Ritchie and Kase create a little bit of a logjam of forwards left on the membership. In accordance with PuckPedia.com, the addition of Ritchie places the membership over the NHL wage cap of $81.5 million by greater than $1.three million. That’s, after all, if the Leafs select to hold the utmost 23 gamers on the energetic roster, and on condition that they are going to be in cap financial savings mode, that is not prone to be the case.Twenty or 21 gamers is extra lifelike for the Leafs.Ritchie’s spot within the lineup is pretty protected as Toronto will probably attempt to give him a few of the offensive tasks vacated by the departing Zach Hyman.Michael Bunting, one other free agent signing by Toronto, might make a declare for a bottom-six winger spot. David Kampf is a 26-year-old defensive ahead who might additionally discover a match, significantly on the staff’s penalty kill. The Leafs signed him on Wednesday.Past that, it begins to look just a little busy on the ahead place.