The Bruins are set to add a depth piece up front, as TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that former Dallas Star forward Brett Ritchie will join the team. It is expected to be a one-year deal in the $1MM range for the 26-year-old winger.
Ritchie gives the team an fourth-line option as the 6-foot-4, 220-pound winger will add some size and grit to the team after the Bruins lost Noel Acciari to Florida earlier in the day. However, he will still have to prove himself as the Stars opted to not qualify Ritchie last week, allowing him to become a free agent.
The 26-year-old looked like a promising player for the Stars, who drafted him in the second round in 2011. He flashed some offense in his first full season in the 2016-17 season when he potted 16 goals and 24 points. However, those numbers dropped to seven goals and 14 points the following year before only scoring four goals last season in 53 games and saw himself bounced out of the lineup by the end of the season. A physical presence who has been known to throw down against other big players such as Colton Parayko and Tom Wilson, Ritchie will have to prove that he can outplay other depth players for Boston.