David Rittich
David Rittich
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Flames in July of 2018.
Back to full strength
GCalgary Flames
June 9, 2020
According to goalie coach Jordan Sigalet, Rittich has fully recovered from the elbow injury he was dealing with prior to the NHL halting its season in mid-March, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Rittich was struggling prior to the break, suffering three straight losses while posting an ugly 4.05 GAA and .882 save percentage, so perhaps he'll perform better whenever the NHL's 24-team playoff gets underway since he'll no longer be dealing with a nagging injury. The Flames will take on the Jets in a best-of-five series if and when teams are cleared to return to play.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Knocked off by Golden Knights
GCalgary Flames
March 8, 2020
Rittich was beaten four times on 31 shots during Sunday's 5-3 home loss to the Golden Knights.
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In goal Sunday
GCalgary Flames
March 8, 2020
Rittich will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's home game against Vegas, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
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Tough day in Tampa
GCalgary Flames
February 29, 2020
Rittich made 29 saves in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Lightning.
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Starting in Tampa Bay
GCalgary Flames
February 29, 2020
Rittich will be the starter for Saturday's game versus the Lightning, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
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Eludes victory Thursday
GCalgary Flames
February 27, 2020
Rittich gave up four goals on 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators on Thursday.
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