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.
Stunned by Kings
GCalgary Flames
October 19, 2019
Rittich allowed four goals on 28 shots over two periods of work in a 4-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rittich was swapped for Cam Talbot to start the third period, but the damage was already done at that point. Rittich owns a 4-3-1 record through eight starts this year. It's the fourth time he's allowed four or more goals in an appearance. Talbot is all but confirmed to start Sunday in Anaheim to close out the back-to-back set.
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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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Starting in juicy matchup
GCalgary Flames
October 19, 2019
Rittich will get the start Saturday in Los Angeles, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
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Stays locked in against Detroit
GCalgary Flames
October 17, 2019
Rittich stopped 27 of 28 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Starting against Detroit
GCalgary Flames
October 17, 2019
Rittich will guard the goal during Thursday's home game against the Red Wings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Earns win Tuesday
GCalgary Flames
October 15, 2019
Rittich allowed one goal on 22 shots in a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
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Tending twine Tuesday
GCalgary Flames
October 15, 2019
Rittich will protect the home goal versus the Flyers on Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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