David Rittich
David Rittich
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Calgary Flames
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/16/2019
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, a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Flames in July of 2018.
Avoids arbitration
GCalgary Flames
Knee
July 27, 2019
Rittich (knee) and the Flames agreed on a two-year, $5.5 million contract Saturday, Jim Cerny of Sporting News reports.
ANALYSIS
Rittich filed for salary arbitration in early July, but he and Calgary were ultimately able to avoid the disagreement by coming to terms. The 26-year-old appeared in 45 games for the Flames last season, going 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage, and he's recovering from a knee injury.
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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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Files for arbitration
GCalgary Flames
Knee
July 6, 2019
Rittich (knee) filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Qualified by Flames
GCalgary Flames
Knee
June 25, 2019
Rittich (knee) received a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
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Played through injury in 2019
GCalgary Flames
Undisclosed
April 22, 2019
Rittich dealt with a knee injury from the start of 2019, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
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Unsupported in loss
GCalgary Flames
April 3, 2019
Rittich stopped 29 of 32 shots in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
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Starting in Anaheim
GCalgary Flames
April 3, 2019
Rittich will guard the goal in Wednesday's road game against the Ducks, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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