Joined: Jun. 2018
TOR right now is a minor version of the NYR.
They got a little roughed up by Boston some time ago, and they have been hell bent on weighing down the team with moves like this.
I could only imagine how bad it would have been if they got roughed up by Wilson.
Objectively Ritchie is not more than a bottom 6 player and honestly on a lot of teams I don't even think he'd get a roster spot.
But what kills this for TOR is he's a square peg in a round hole.
You are never going to play fast with Ritchie. He's an anchor on the bottom 6 getting away from what the team identity use to be.
At least this year it wasn't the horrible mistake of running out there and signing any old "grit" guy they could find. They have so far spared themselves of the embarrassment of rolling out old Joe and talking him up even though he couldn't skate.
But as long as this team continues this way, they ain't winning ****. They'll be luck to get out the 1st round.
All the lines have to work together. Same system. So you got 1/2 the team in the top 2 lines that want to use their speed and fly up the ice. Now you got 2 lines on the bottom 6 that frankly are gonna be burdened with guys who aren't very good skaters.