Bruins sign UFA Brett Ritchie to one-year deal

Matt Kalman
July 01, 2019 - 1:16 pm

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According to a report, the Bruins signed unrestricted free agent forward Brett Ritchie, whose measurements are listed above, to a one-year contract worth around $1 million a year.

This comes on the heels of losing UFA Noel Acciari to Florida on a three-year contract.

The right-shooting Ritchie saw his ice time cut to 9:36 per game, down from 10:50 the season before and 12:54 the season before that. He had just six points (four goals, two assists) in 53 games last season. He had a career-high 16 goals in 78 games in 2016-17 for the Stars, who did not tender him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent before last week’s deadline.

If Ritchie, 26, plays up to his potential he gives the Bruins a bottom-six forward with physicality and a track record that includes that 16-goal season (he shot just 9.6 percent that year) with potential to play up in the lineup depending how things shake out this summer and in training camp.

Update: The Bruins have now made the Ritchie deal official.

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