Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mattias Ritola says no to AHL Norfolk, will leave the Tampa Bay Lightning for Europe

The Lightning on Tuesday suspended right wing Mattias Ritola for not reporting to AHL Norfolk and put him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.

"I've spent almost four years in the minors," said Ritola, who added he would rather play in Europe as a way to get back to the NHL.

Ritola declined to say if a team is interested, but it makes sense he has something lined up in his native Sweden, though he still must clear waivers.

"I feel this is the way to go in my career right now," Ritola said.

It is not contentious with the Lightning. Ritola said he has "nothing bad to say" about his time with Tampa Bay, and GM Steve Yzerman said, "I understand where he is coming from and I respect where he's coming from. … This enables him to move on with his hockey career."

Ritola, 24, was acquired in October 2010 off waivers from the Red Wings. Playing this season behind Brett Connolly, Blair Jones and Tom Pyatt, Ritola had zero points in five games.

"He just hasn't had a chance to get into our lineup and play regular minutes," Yzerman said.

Mattias Ritola says no to AHL Norfolk, will leave the Tampa Bay Lightning for Europe 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    It's Andy's time.

    And it's about time.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.

    LEFT: Dave Andreychuk talks at the podium as he is honored with a statue in front of the now-Amalie Arena.
  2. Rays make Hechavarria trade official

    Blogs

    Here is the release from the team ...

     

  3. Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

    Lightning Strikes

    Marty St. Louis may lack the Hall of Fame stats, but two scoring titles, an MVP award and clutch goals should count for a lot. (Dirk Shadd, Times)
  4. Scotty Bowman says 'it's about time' Andreychuk got HOF call

    Blogs

    For Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, Dave Andreychuk finally being part of a Hall of Fame class is especially gratifying.

    Scotty Bowman drafted Dave Andreychuk in the first round (16th overall) in 1982 and coached him the first five seasons of his career.
  5. Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame (w/photo gallery)

    Blogs

    Dave Andreychuk said Monday began "business as usual."

    Dave Andreychuk battles Calgary's Andrew Ference during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.