David Rittich
David Rittich
28-Year-Old GoalieG
Calgary Flames
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rittich was unable to emerge as the clear starter in Calgary in 2019-20, making 48 appearances while posting a 24-17-6 record, a 2.97 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He frequently lost playing time to Cam Talbot, most notably in the playoffs. With Talbot signing in Minnesota as a free agent, the Flames signed Jacob Markstrom to a six-year contract this offseason, which will greatly limit Rittich's ability to get consistent playing time. Markstrom does carry some injury risk , so Rittich may get one or two stretches of regular starting work, but he should be valued as a backup heading into 2020-21. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Flames in July of 2018.
Right back in there Wednesday
GCalgary Flames
February 24, 2021
Rittich is expected to start Wednesday's game against Toronto, Derek Wills of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Jacob Markstrom (upper body) is slated to miss a second consecutive game, but the Flames' net will be in good hands with Rittich, who set aside all 34 shots he faced to beat these same Maple Leafs on Monday. That strong effort marked Rittich's first win of the season, though his underlying numbers are strong -- Rittich sports a 2.36 GAA and .909 save percentage in six appearances (four starts).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Rittich had his first taste of a starting role in 2018-19, snagging the job from Mike Smith in the fall before a knee injury hampered the last four months of his season. Rittich appeared in 45 games, going 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He'll almost certainly have the starting job to begin the season, but free-agent signing Cam Talbot was brought in to ensure Rittich's competitive edge remains sharp. Even though he's probably best suited as a 1A, Rittich will be expected to carry more of the load this season. Fantasy owners can expect the 26-year-old to make 50-55 starts while hovering around the league average in ratios. A young Flames defense corps which boasts a couple of sturdy veterans should mitigate most of the damage on the scoresheet should Rittich take a step back this year.
Heading into the 2018-19 season, Rittich has a strong chance to win the backup job as the primary backup to Mike Smith in Calgary. While American prospect Jon Gillies figures to compete with Rittich for the No. 2 spot, the Czech-born netminder does have a slight leg up, possessing more NHL experience than his main competitor. A stocky goalie who takes up a lot of real estate in the cage at 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, Rittich appeared in 21 games with the Flames last season, recording a 2.92 GAA and .904 save percentage before an arbiter awarded him a one-year, $800,000 deal this offseason. Whether Rittich spends more of his time with the NHL or AHL team, he's unlikely to get enough starts to warrant much fantasy attention, especially if Mike Smith stays healthy.
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Blanks high-powered Maple Leafs
GCalgary Flames
February 22, 2021
Rittich made a season-high 34 stops in Monday's 3-0 win over Toronto.
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Tending twine Monday
GCalgary Flames
February 22, 2021
Rittich will patrol the crease in Toronto on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Needed in relief again
GCalgary Flames
February 20, 2021
Rittich allowed two goals on nine shots in relief of Jacob Markstrom in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Oilers.
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Decent in loss
GCalgary Flames
February 19, 2021
Rittich allowed two goals on 25 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Oilers.
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Facing Oilers
GCalgary Flames
February 19, 2021
Rittich will defend the blue paint during Friday's home game versus Edmonton.
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