When the Iowa Wild signed center Nick Ritchie to a one-year contract, it was the culmination of several years of hard work.
Ritchie had been working with the team as a scout for the past two years and had become a leader in the development of players in the league.
In 2014, he was named to the National Hockey League’s all-star team, and after the season he signed a five-year, $35 million contract.
The Wild won the 2015 Stanley Cup, and he’s been a big part of that success.
In the 2016-17 season, he won the Hart Trophy, the Selke Trophy, and the Norris Trophy.
After making his NHL debut on Oct. 4, 2017, Ritchie finished the season with 27 goals and 81 points in 81 games.
“I feel like it’s the perfect time for me to get out of here,” Ritchie said of his decision to retire after this season.
“The NHL is going through some of the toughest times right now, and that’s really exciting for me.
I’m excited to be here, I’m a part of the team and I’m going to help the team succeed.”
Ritchie signed a one year deal worth $1.9 million, and while the Wild signed him to a new contract in April, he’s signed a two-year deal worth about $2 million this season, according to the team.
“We had a lot of offers for Nick, but he had to stay in Iowa and he wanted to stay with the Wild,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said.
“He wanted to help us win.
Nick wanted to be with the Iowa team and the team has made that decision.” “
If you have the talent, you want to stay and win.
Nick wanted to be with the Iowa team and the team has made that decision.”
The deal was signed during the Wild’s trade deadline, which is when teams are allowed to move prospects.
If Ritchie stays in Iowa, the Wild could make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, the day after the Wild trade deadline.
The trade deadline is when prospects can be dealt to other teams.
That’s when Ritchie could be on his way to joining the likes of Alex Pietrangelo, Alex Burrows, and Tyler Graovac.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a huge boost for the Wild and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” Fletcher said of Ritchie.
Rylan has been a key part of Iowa’s success. “
Nick will definitely contribute and hopefully be a big piece to what we do in the NHL and make a difference for the club.”
Rylan has been a key part of Iowa’s success.
He has been one of the NHL’s most consistent scorers this season with 28 goals and 48 points in 79 games.
He’s also earned the nickname “Dab,” for “Dabs and a Drum,” because of his ability to change speeds and move from one spot to another.
He is the first player in the last 25 years to win both the Hart and Selke Trophies.
“A lot of guys play in this league and they come in and they try to prove a point.
Nick has done that this year, and I think that will continue,” Fletcher added.
“Hopefully he’s able to do that again in the near future.
Nick is a big reason why we’re in the top 10 right now.”