Flames re-sign Rittich to 2-year, $5.5M deal to avoid arbitration


Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) deflects a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (LM Otero/AP)

The Calgary Flames and goaltender David Rittich have avoided arbitration by settling on a two-year, $5.5-million contract, the team announced Saturday.

The deal carries an average annual value of $2.75 million.

The two parties were slated to have an arbitration hearing on July 29.

The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic had a breakout 2018-19 campaign, making a career-high 42 starts as part of a tandem with Mike Smith. He also posted personal-bests in save percentage (.911) and goals-against average (2.61).

Calgary also signed former Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot to a one-year, $2.75-million contract on July 1, while the Oilers grabbed Smith in free agency on a one-year, $2-million deal.

The six-foot-three, 206-pound Rittich has compiled a .909 save percentage and 2.70 GAA across three years and 67 games with the Flames.

He previously spent two years with BK Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga.

July 27, 2019


David Rittich

Calgary Flames
2 yrs
$2.75 million
$5.5 million

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