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Is Nick Ritchie a better player than Danton Heinen?

Is Nick Ritchie a better player than Danton Heinen?

The Boston Bruins didn't make the big splash that some Bruins fans were hoping that they'd make ahead of the NHL trade deadline. But they did make a smaller move to fill a need ahead of their 2020 postseason run.

Before the deadline passed, the Bruins made another trade with the Anaheim Ducks. After trading for Ondrej Kase on Friday, they were able to swing a deal that brought Nick Ritchie to the Bruins and sent Danton Heinen to the Ducks.

In the wake of the trade, there was some debate about if the Bruins actually got an upgrade for their team. That was a hot topic on NBC Sports' NHL trade deadline show, and our own Joe Haggerty and DJ Bean debated the merits of the trade.

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Bean, for one, was not impressed with the deal and actually thought that Ritchie was a downgrade for the team.

Is he better than Danton Heinen? No. Danton Heinen hasn't even been that good, and you still downgraded. This was a salary dump, I understand you want to save money and you do save money and you get some of the money back that you're paying to get rid of David Backes along with a first-round pick and a prospect. Now you're basically giving away your first-round pick, a prospect, and Danton Heinen and are getting a fourth-liner back.

Haggerty fought back against that notion, saying that Ritchie may actually find a way to impact the game, something that Heinen struggled to do all too often during his time with the Bruins.

How on God's green earth is Danton Heinen better than Nick Ritchie when Ritchie has more goals, averages more points per game and has twice as many hits? He's actually someone you notice during the game from time to time throwing a hit or actually putting his body in front of the net. We never notice Danton Heinen doing anything when we watch him play.

There will only be one way to actually know which player will end up fitting in better with the Bruins. And that will involve seeing how Ritchie fares for the B's and how they do without Heinen.

For more of Haggerty, Bean, and Tom Giles' thoughts on the NHL trade deadline, check out the video above or head over to YouTube to watch the full clip.

NHL rumors: Bruins trade Danton Heinen to Ducks for Nick Ritchie before deadline

NHL rumors: Bruins trade Danton Heinen to Ducks for Nick Ritchie before deadline

The Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks have made another trade.

The B's are sending right winger Danton Heinen to the Ducks for left winger Nick Ritchie. Ritchie was the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has was selected 15 spots ahead of David Pastrnak and has failed to live up to lofty expectations.

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Ritchie plays a power forward-style of hockey which should endear him to Bruins fans. He's tallied 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 41 games for the Ducks this season. Ritchie is signed through next season with a team-friendly $1,498,925 salary cap hit. per CapFriendly.

Heinen is signed through 2020-21 with a $2.8 million cap hit, so the Bruins save around $1.3 million with this trade, thus giving general manager Don Sweeney more financial flexibility for additional trades or for free agency this summer.

Ritchie is coming off a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) in a 6-5 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

Heinen proved to be a good fourth-round draft pick by Boston in 2014, but he was unable to build on his 47-point season in 2017-18. His scoring is on pace to decrease in back-to-back years.

The Bruins also made a deal with the Ducks last Friday to acquire forward Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick.

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Slumping Danton Heinen returns to lineup for the Bruins

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Slumping Danton Heinen returns to lineup for the Bruins

DETROIT – With a less-than-24 hours turnaround for the Bruins in Detroit following yesterday afternoon’s matinee win over the Arizona Coyotes, the B’s will be shaking up their lineup a bit.

Urho Vaakanainen won’t be playing after he was called up on Sunday morning just in case Brandon Carlo had any travel issues meeting the team from his home in Colorado, but Danton Heinen will get back into the lineup after not playing for the last four games due to injuries and healthy scratches.

Heinen will start on the fourth line in place of Anton Blidh as Bruce Cassidy didn’t want to mess with the chemistry of the newly formed third line of Sean Kuraly, Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork, but he also needed to get some fresh blood into the lineup on the second night of a back-to-back situation for the Bruins. Heinen has gone eight games without a goal and has scored just two goals since Nov. 27 in a prolonged offensive slowdown for the winger.

"The 12:30 p.m. start you feel like you roll out of bed and you go right to the rink, so it's a little bit of a different feeling especially having finished yesterday's game at 6 pm,” said Krug of the nationally televised game on NBC beginning at 1230. “It's a quick turnaround"

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Carlo arrived at Little Caesars Arena with the team on Sunday morning and John Moore was fine to play on Sunday after he cramped up at the end of Saturday afternoon’s win over the Arizona Coyotes back in Boston. Jaroslav Halak gets the start for the Black and Gold after Tuukka Rask improved his record to 16-0-2 on home ice with Saturday’s victory.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins based on Cassidy’s confirmation ahead of the early matinee in Motown:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Kuraly-Coyle-Bjork

Heinen-Lindholm-Wagner

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Moore

 

Halak