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Mattias Ritola | Winger

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
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Mattias Ritola has reportedly had his contract terminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
That was the next step after he cleared unconditional waivers on Wednesday. Ritola will likely be heading for the Swedish Elite League now, as reports suggested he was close to a deal with Modo. Thu, Nov 10, 2011 01:33:00 PM

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Mattias Ritola cleared unconditional waivers Wednesday, which paves the way for his contract to be terminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I guess I'm disappointed that things didn't work out," GM Steve Yzerman said. "First of all, he is a good young man and I believe he is a good hockey player. He has already spent a lot of time in the American Hockey League (four seasons). I understand where he is coming from and I respect where he is coming from. And I don't want to hold him back in his career and this enables him to move on with his hockey career." Reports out of Sweden indicated that he has signed with Modo in the Swedish Elite League, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 08:47:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning suspended Mattias Ritola on Tuesday for not reporting to the club’s minor-league affiliate.

After refusing to report to Norfolk (AHL), the Lightning suspended Ritola and placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. While he would not indicate if a team is interested in him, the 24-year-old said returning to Sweden may be the way to go for now. Ritola, who was assigned to Norfolk on Saturday, has not registered a point in five games with the Lightning.
Tue, Nov 8, 2011 04:55:00 PM

Mattias Ritola has been placed on waivers by Tampa Bay, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

He has dressed five games with the Lightning this season and watched seven games from the press box as a healthy scratch. Ritola has been rotating contests with Blair Jones and Tom Pyatt, but if he clears waivers then he will be eligible for reassignment to the minors.
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 06:30:00 PM

Mattias Ritola made his season debut on Monday against Washington.

He recorded one shot in 6:36 of ice time. Ritola is currently playing on a rotation basis with Blair Jones and Tom Pyatt.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 09:27:00 AM

Mattias Ritola had a goal and two assists as Tampa Bay beat Florida 5-3 on Saturday.

Ritola now has back-to-back solid games for the Lightning. Pavel Kubina, Brett Connolly, Tom Pyatt, and Teddy Purcell all scored for the Lightning as well. David Booth, Kris Versteeg, and Tomas Kopecky sniped for Florida. Mathieu Garon got the win as he made 24 saves on 27 shots total.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011 10:00:00 PM

Mattias Ritola is healthy and ready to compete for a roster spot on the Lightning this year.

"I had the whole summer, had no problems at all and it feels good to be able to go out there and I don't have to worry about my ears anymore, I can go to practice every day and I'm really excited," he said. Ritola was diagnosed with Meniere's disease last season, which resulted in dizziness and a whirring sound in his ears, and he wondered if his career was in jeopardy. He appeared in 31 games with Tampa and produced eight points, but now he is anxious to get back on track.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 10:59:00 AM

Tampa Bay recalled three players from Norfolk on Sunday.

Mattias Ritola, Blair Jones and goalie Dustin Tokarski will join the team after they were eliminated from the AHL postseason on Saturday by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 08:37:00 AM

Mattias Ritola has been returned to the minors by Tampa Bay.

He played sparingly in Game 3 on Wednesday night in the place of suspended winger Steve Downie. Ritola will head back to Norfolk to help their playoff hopes against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 03:46:00 PM

Mattias Ritola suited up for the Lightning in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

He was summoned from the minors on Tuesday and replaced suspended forward Steve Downie in the lineup. Ritola saw a mere 2:23 of ice time in Tampa's double overtime loss to Pittsburgh in the contest. Downie is eligible to return on Saturday for Game 5, so Ritola will likely be on his way back to the minors to help Norfolk in their playoff run.
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 09:45:00 AM

Mattias Ritola has been assigned to the minors by Tampa Bay.

The Lightning likely made the move to free up a roster spot for Ryan Malone's return to the lineup on Thursday night. Ritola has eight points in 44 games with Tampa this season.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 02:03:00 PM

Mattias Ritola skipped Friday's practice due to a lower body injury.

He should be considered doubtful for Friday's contest as a result. He has no fantasy value.
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 12:38:00 PM

Mattias Ritola celebrated his 24th birthday with a pair of goals in Tampa's 6-2 win over Toronto on Monday night.

Due to a bout with Meniere's disease and other nights as a healthy scratch, Ritola has dressed in just 29 games with the Lightning this season. He has registered four goals and four assists over that span and shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 08:25:00 AM

Tampa Bay has brought up Mattias Ritola from the minors.

Prior to being placed on waivers and sent to the AHL, Ritola had six points in 24 games with the Lightning this season. With Norfolk, he recorded two goals and nine assists in nine matches.
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 03:06:00 PM

Mattias Ritola has cleared waivers and he is expected to be sent down to the minors.

The 23-year-old has battled Meneiere's disease throughout the season and has appeared in just 24 games with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from Detroit. Ritola has no fantasy value at this time.
Wed, Feb 9, 2011 01:34:00 PM

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