Bruins place Brett Ritchie on waivers: What is next move for Boston up front?

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A day removed from a disheartening loss to the Blue Jackets, the Bruins are switching things up with their roster.

The team announced Wednesday afternoon that it has waived winger Brett Ritchie for the purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins — with no corresponding move made, for now. 

Ritchie, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Bruins back in July, appeared in 27 games with Boston this season, scoring two goals and posting six total points while recording 21 penalty minutes. 

At the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Ritchie was viewed as one of the top candidates for the Bruins’ vacant top-six wing spot, logging 44:07 of 5v5 ice time with David Krejci. 

However, even with 56.00% of that duo’s faceoffs coming in the offensive zone, both Krejci and Ritchie struggled to click, with Boston only tallying one 5v5 goal (and surrendering two) during that 44:07 stretch of action. 

Over the last month, Ritchie has often traded games with David Backes in the bottom-six, with Ritchie finding some success as of late on a third line with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen

However, with more promising options available down in the Bruins’ prospect pipeline, the Bruins ultimately felt like a change was necessary. 

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By waiving Ritchie, the Bruins can now opt to go two ways with whatever player they call up from Providence. 

So what’s it going to be — skill or snarl?