Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo
29-Year-Old CenterC
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Zac Rinaldo in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames in September of 2019. He will make $700,000 at the NHL level.
Nabs contract out of training camp
CCalgary Flames  Minors
September 29, 2019
Rinaldo inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Sunday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Rinaldo had been with the team on a professional tryout for much of training camp, and as evidenced by this news, he made his mark on the front office and coaching staff. The 29-year-old could spend much of his time in the AHL, however, considering he only suited up in 23 games and notched three points at the NHL level last season. Barring injury, it's not likely Rinaldo makes his way into the opening night lineup to start the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Rinaldo hit the open market after 53-game run in Arizona and ultimately found a new home in Nashville; the gritty pivot signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Predators. When a veteran has to settle on a two-way deal, fantasy owners should be wary of drafting said player. After all, it's no guarantee that Rinaldo will even play enough at the highest level to warrant a look. The 28-year-old has a whopping 699 PIM over 328 career games, but his offensive totals aren't even worth mentioning.
The scrappy 25-year-old forward tallied one goal and six points to go along with 109 penalty minutes in 58 games for Philadelphia this past season before being dealt to Boston in June. He’ll add depth and grit to the Bruins’ forward mix, but he's presumably ticketed for a fourth-line/agitator role, which will limit his fantasy utility to PIM-heavy formats.
Rinaldo's ability to aggrevate and disrupt his opponent's game puts him among the league's best pests. The real question is whether he has the ability to control and hone his game to provide a net benefit to his team. In only 67 games last year, he recorded a whopping 153 PIM while only contributing two goals and two assists. To make matters worse, he was a -13, and ended up splitting time with Jay Rosehill. Fantasy GMs who want a one-trick pony would be well advised to grab Rinaldo to shore up the PIM category, but more well-rounded penalty minute contributors can be had in even the last round of any draft.
Rinaldo is a thumper who spent 85 minutes in the penalty box last season, despite missing time with an ankle sprain. In April, the Flyers extended his contract for two years, so it looks like the 23-year-old will be pounding Flyers' opponents once again this season. He doesn't collect a lot of points, so look for him in later rounds if your league values penalty minutes.
Rinaldo was given a 66-game shot at the big leagues last year and, while it only yielded nine points, the gritty enforcer managed 232 PIMs, good enough for second in the league. The Flyers are a young, skilled team, and Rinaldo has plenty of teammates to protect if need be. Expect Rinaldo to frequent the sin bin again this season with the occasional bad penalty to go with the fights. He's definitely worth a look in deep leagues that reward penalty minutes especially for spot starts against Pittsburgh and the Rangers.
Rinaldo appeared in a pair of playoff games last season and has remained in Philadelphia this summer to try and impress the Flyers' front office. He'll get a shot to make the team out of camp, but could be destined to be up and down the professional ranks this season.
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Invited to training camp
CCalgary Flames  Minors
September 4, 2019
Rinaldo landed a professional tryout agreement with the Flames on Wednesday.
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Headed to free agency
CNashville Predators  Minors
June 22, 2019
Rinaldo will not rejoin the Predators during the 2019-20 season, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
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Back with big club
CNashville Predators  Minors
April 7, 2019
Rinaldo (shoulder) was recalled from AHL Milwaukee on Sunday.
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Reassigned to AHL
CNashville Predators  Minors
April 2, 2019
Rinaldo (shoulder) is bound for AHL Milwaukee on a long-term injury loan, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
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Out for balance of season
CNashville Predators  Minors
February 6, 2019
Rinaldo (undisclosed) will miss the rest of the season as he undergoes shoulder surgery, Robby Stanley of reports.
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