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

Ailish ForfarNHL Editor
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"Big Save Dave" is staying in Calgary. (Getty)
"Big Save Dave" is staying in Calgary. (Getty)

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.

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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.

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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