The Calgary Flames have re-signed goaltender David Rittich to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, avoiding a salary arbitration date that was set for July 29th.
The 26-year-old net minder stepped into a backup role behind Mike Smith during the 2017-18 season where he started 16 games. The Czech’s breakthrough came last year, when he set a career-high 42 starts as a duo with Smith.
Rittich recorded his personal bests with a save percentage of .911 and a goals against average of 2.61, helping Calgary secure top spot in the Pacific. He was 27-9-5 while recording one shutout in the regular season, and did not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Looks like David Rittich and Cam Talbot will enter the season as a true 1a/1b — order to be determined — as Rittich avoid arbitration by agreeing to a two-year deal that will pay him $2.75M, the identical AAV that Talbot will also make in 2019-20. That’s $5.5M for the Flames duo.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) July 27, 2019
Signed as an undrafted free agent by Calgary in 2016, Rittich will be a UFA when his new contract expires in two years.
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