Toronto Maple Leafs Could Trade Ritchie To These Non Playoff Teams
Here are a few teams that are currently not in a playoff spot that could benefit from adding Ritchie for the purpose of having him on their roster next season.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are one of a few teams that have a lot of roster spots to fill this off-season. They will have nine UFA’s and two RFA’s this summer. Adding Ritchie now might not help them for the rest of this season but could help them next season. Detroit also has mid-round draft picks available to send to Toronto in a deal for Ritchie.
Like the Red Wings, the Seattle Kraken will have plenty of roster spots to fill for next season. They will have six UFA’s and six RFA’s this off-season. They might be trading some of their pending UFA’s at the March 21st trade deadline for future assets. So sending a mid-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a player they can use for the rest of this season and next season might be something Seattle looks at doing.
If there is one team in desperate need of roster players next season, it is the Arizona Coyotes. They will have 11 UFA’s and six RFA’s this summer. With only seven players on their main roster signed for next season, Arizona has a lot of holes to fill.
With eight draft picks in the first two rounds of the 2022 NHL draft, they can afford to send a mid-round pick to Toronto for Ritchie. Arizona is the best option for Ritchie if he wants to have plenty of playing time.
It is no longer a matter of if the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade Nick Ritchie, it is a matter of when and to whom. For the Maple Leafs’ sake, I hope Kyle Dubas makes the trade sooner rather than later. Toronto needs to have as much cap space as possible to add defensive depth at the trade deadline.