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Anaheim Ducks, Nick Ritchie Not Close To Signing Contract

Anaheim Ducks, Nick Ritchie Not Close To Signing Contract
Published On: Fri, Sep 14
Oct 10, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) scores a goal past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) as right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and defenseman Nick Schultz (55) look on in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Among the unsigned restricted free agents, Anaheim Ducks forwardA Nick RitchieA has flown relatively under the radar. With players likeA Shea Theodore,A William NylanderA andA Darnell NurseA still embroiled in important contract negotiations, Ritchie hasna€™t made many headlines despite not being with the Ducks as camp opened this week. Today, Anaheim GMA Bob MurrayA told reportersA including Eric Stephens of The AthleticA that the two sides arena€™t close on a deal. Stephens reports that Ritchie has been working out with the Guelph Storm of the OHL in order to be at least fit when a contract is eventually worked out.

Ritchie, 22, is coming off a disappointing season in which he recorded just 10 goals and 27 points. Expected to build upon the 14-goal 2016-17, he instead saw his shot generation decline despite a slight increase in ice time. The 10th-overall pick from 2014 could be a key piece for the Ducks moving forward if he can fulfill the huge, power forward potential hea€™s shown at times but hea€™ll have to get under contract first.

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