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Flames sign Brett Ritchie to one year, two-way deal ($700K)

The Calgary Flames have added to their depth. The club has signed forward Brett Ritchie to a one year, two way deal with a cap hit of $700,000 at the NHL level. He’s also been placed on waivers for the purposes of sending him to the taxi squad or AHL camp.

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Let’s count the boxes that Ritchie ticks off for the Flames, shall we?

  • He’s big, listed at 6’4″ and 220 pounds.
  • He’s from a hockey family, as little brother Nick plays for Boston.
  • He plays a physical style.
  • He has NHL experience, with 268 games under his belt between Dallas and Boston.
  • He’s a right shot forward.

And finally, he was willing to sign a two-way deal for league minimum. An Ontario product, Ritchie had to trek across the country and quarantine for a week for his PTO to attend Flames camp. You don’t go through all of that unless you’re pretty sure you’re getting a contract out of it.

He seems destined to be a taxi squad body, which perhaps means he bumps one of the two non-Derek Ryan forwards (Zac Rinaldo and Buddy Robinson) off that squad.

The Flames are back in action on Monday when they host the Vancouver Canucks (again).

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