Nick Ritchie did not receive a qualifying offer from the Boston Bruins and will become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.
The 25-year-old forward scored an NHL career-high 15 goals in 56 games this season. The No. 10 pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ritchie has scored 137 points (59 goals, 78 assists) in 350 regular-season games and nine points (six goals, three assists) in 80 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Ritchie joins forwards Pius Suter (Chicago Blackhawks), Jujhar Khaira (Edmonton Oilers), Dominik Kahun (Oilers), Ondrej Kase (Bruins) and Danton Heinen (Ducks), defenseman Julius Honka (Dallas Stars) and Ottawa Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg among players who did not receive a qualifying offer and will become unrestricted free agents.
Suter scored 14 goals in 55 games this season, fifth among NHL rookies, and 27 points, tied for sixth. He signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent July 16, 2020.
Khaira has scored 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 258 regular-season games, all with the Oilers. Kahun scored 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 48 games this season after he did not get an offer from the Buffalo Sabres last season.
Heinen has scored 121 points (44 goals, 77 assists) in 272 NHL games. He helped the Bruins reach Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final with eight points (two goals, six assists) in 24 games and was traded to the Ducks the following season for Ritchie on Feb. 24, 2020.
Honka hasn’t played in the NHL since 2018-19, when he had four assists in 29 games for Dallas. The No. 14 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Honka signed a two-year contract with Lulea HF in the Swedish Hockey League on May 26.
Hogberg, one of five goalies to play for the Senators this season, was 4-7-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average and .876 save percentage in 14 games (10 starts).
The NHL salary cap will remain at $81.5 million next season.
Others who did not receive a qualifying offer include forwards Mark Jankowski (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jacob de la Rose (St. Louis Blues).
De la Rose played two seasons for St. Louis. He’s scored 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 242 NHL games with the Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.
Jankowski was selected by the Calgary Flames with the No. 21 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and has scored 75 points (40 goals, 35 assists) in 253 games with the Penguins and Flames.