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, a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Flames in July of 2018.
Rare poor outing
GCalgary Flames
January 18, 2020
Rittich made 16 saves in a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. He allowed four goals.
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It was a tough game for Rittich, who didn't really see much action until into the second period. It can be hard to stay sharp when the Flames outshot the Sens 15-3 in the first period alone. Rittich had been coming off a couple of outstanding performances, so chalk this up as an outlier.
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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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Draws start Saturday
GCalgary Flames
January 18, 2020
Rittich will be stationed between the pipes for Saturday's contest in Ottawa, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Every part an All-Star
GCalgary Flames
January 16, 2020
Rittich made 35 saves in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.
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Gets starting nod
GCalgary Flames
January 16, 2020
Rittich is slated to start between the pipes in Thursday's road game versus the Maple Leafs, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Goes unsupported in Montreal
GCalgary Flames
January 13, 2020
Rittich made 35 saves on 37 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens on Monday.
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Blue-paint bound Monday
GCalgary Flames
January 13, 2020
Rittich will tend the road twine in Monday's game versus Montreal, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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