David Rittich was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Calgary Flames on Sunday for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
The goalie is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed with the Flames on July 27, 2019 and could become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The 28-year-old is 4-7-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and one shutout in 15 games (12 starts) this season.
Rittich provides depth at goalie for the Maple Leafs, who have been without Frederik Andersen for the past 10 games because of a lower-body injury. In March, Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said it was the same injury that caused Andersen to miss four games from Feb. 22-March 1.
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During Andersen’s absence, Jack Campbell has stepped into the No. 1 role. He is 11-0-0, setting an NHL record for the most wins to start a season, with a 1.88 GAA, .934 save percentage and two shutouts.
Signed by Calgary as a free agent on June 13, 2016, Rittich is 63-39-15 with a 2.83 GAA, .908 save percentage and four shutouts in 130 regular-season games (118 starts), and 0-1-0 in one Stanley Cup Playoff game.
The trade was the second the Maple Leafs made on Sunday after acquiring Nick Foligno in a three-team trade involving the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets, who received a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft from Toronto.
The Maple Leafs (28-10-3) are in first place in the seven-team Scotia North Division, six points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. The top four teams will make the playoffs.
The Flames (17-21-3) are in fifth, six points behind the Montreal Canadiens.