By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Brett Ritchie experiment officially came to an end for the Bruins on Wednesday afternoon, as the Black and Gold placed the 6-foot-4 winger on waivers.
Signed to a one-year, $1 million contract last summer, the 26-year-old Ritchie totaled two goals and six points in 27 appearances with the Bruins, and his 89 hits were the third-most among Boston forwards (Ritchie's 19 hits per 60 minutes were also tops among all B's skaters, and by a significant margin).
Ritchie was also one of the only Boston skaters not named Zdeno Chara to drop the gloves in a fight this year.
But Ritchie's move to the waiver wire comes the morning after the Bruins failed to response to a concussion-inducing blow to the head of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, and with those incidents becoming a slightly alarming trend.
If Ritchie goes unclaimed, he will report to the P-Bruins.