Toronto Maple Leafs Could Trade Ritchie To These Playoff Teams
Here are a few teams that are all currently in a playoff spot that could benefit from the services of Nick Ritchie.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are a playoff-bound team with plenty of salary-cap space. They might be willing to offer Toronto a mid-round draft pick for a chance to have Ritchie in their lineup for the playoffs.
Most of their cap space for next season will be used to re-sign RFA’s Kaapo Kakko and Alexander Georgiev. Having Ritchie’s $2 million might still fit depending on what else they plan on doing, but they might take a chance on him for this year’s playoffs and worry about next season in the summer.
The Nashville Predators have even more cap space this year and next year than the Rangers do. They could easily add Nick Ritchie to their lineup for a mid-round draft pick and have plenty of salary cap left over to keep adding. Ritchie and his hard-hitting style of play might be the perfect match for “Smashville” and their fans.
Could the Toronto Maple Leafs find a way to trade Ritchie back to the team that drafted him? The Anaheim Ducks have a lot of cap space and are fighting to keep their playoff spot alive. They might be willing to add the hard-hitting Ritchie in hopes of keeping their playoff push alive. Depending on how Ritchie and the Ducks do in the playoffs, they can decide in the off-season if they still want him for next season.