Two Former Bruins Find Homes with the Toronto Maple Leafs


The Boston Bruins saw two of their free agents leave for north of the border. Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase have both signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs after they weren’t issued qualifying offers from the Bruins. 

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Last season Ritchie was the only Bruin to play in all 56 games scoring 15 goals and he had 11 assists.  Ritchie was very effective on the power play for the Bruins last season and should figure to be an asset there for Toronto.  His deal with Toronto is a two-year, $5 million deal.

Ritchie was left unprotected by the Bruins for the expansion draft, however, the Kraken elected to not draft him.  The 6-foot-2 forward should be effective for the Maple Leafs, but fans should temper some expectations.  Ritchie was inconsistent with being a physical presence on the ice.  Ritchie scored a career high 15 goals last season, but his scoring presence was inconsistent at best. 

Kase was a non-factor during his time with the Bruins.  He was limited to only nine games over the last two seasons.  Kase became a free agent after Bruins general manager Don Sweeney elected to non-tender the forward.  Had the Bruins offered Kase a contract he would have earned $2.6 million this season.

Kase never seemed to adjust with the Bruins after being traded from Anaheim the year prior.  He will now land in Toronto hoping to put his injuries in the rear view mirror and be a productive piece for the Maple Leafs. Kase deal with Toronto is for one-year, $1.25 million this season. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Two Former Bruins Find Homes with the Toronto Maple Leafs
Two Former Bruins Find Homes with the Toronto Maple Leafs
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