Sports David Rittich trade grade: Maple Leafs add goalie with Frederik Andersen's status unknown

10:06  12 april  2021
10:06  12 april  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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If you didn't know it before, then now you do: The Maple Leafs are all in.

After acquiring Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno earlier in the night, general manager Kyle Dubas continued to make moves Sunday to bolster his lineup. About an hour before midnight on the East Coast, he added goaltending depth with the acquisition of netminder David Rittich from the Flames.

Maple Leafs received from Calgary:

David Rittich (G)

Flames received from Toronto:

2022 third-round draft pick. Calgary will also retain 50 percent of Rittich’s contract.

Flames grade: B

The Flames' 2021 season certainly has not turned out as expected. While they went into the 56-game sprint with expectations of a long-flowing postseason run, the team instead played inconsistent hockey. That poor showing led to a late-night dismissal of head coach Geoff Ward and the return of a familiar face around the Saddledome, Darryl Sutter.

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Things started out better under Sutter, but then the old Flames of 2021 returned. Now with things pretty much over in Cowtown — the team is six points back of the Canadiens, who have three games in hand, for the final playoff spot — GM Brad Treliving began the process of overhauling his roster Sunday night.

With a number of players expected to be sent packing from Calgary before the clock strikes 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Treliving started off with shipping backup netminder David Rittich in exchange for a third-round pick in next year's draft. It's a good return considering "Big Save Dave" will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and he could have been lost for nothing. For now, it looks as if Louis Domingue (and his baking skills) will be hanging out with No. 1 netminder Jacob Markstrom.

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Maple Leafs grade: B+

There's a lot of uncertainty around the Leafs' net right now. Yes, Jack Campbell has been stellar — extra emphasis on that, please — with an NHL-record 11 wins in his first 11 starts this season. But there's a big question mark around Frederik Andersen.

The Dane has been sidelined since mid-March. He last played March 19 against these same Flames. On Friday, Andersen was placed on long-term injured reserve (retroactively) with a lower-body injury. On Saturday, head coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned that there was no timeline for his return. While Andersen could be activated as early as Monday, that's looking less likely, and it's looking more plausible that his season is over.

So while nothing is official with Anderson — we're just reading the tea leaves here — acquiring Rittich is a good option as a backup for Campbell. In 130 games with the Flames, he boasted a 63-39-15 record, a 2.83 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. His numbers this season aren't great (4-7-1, .904 save percentage) but the team has been less than great in front of him.

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Make no mistake, Sutter has consistently showered praise on Markstrom. He has said more than once that he's the No. 1 guy in the Flaming C, and rightfully so. Markstrom finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting last season and was signed to a six-year, $36 million contract in the offseason. The Swede has also gotten the majority of the workload and Rittich has only started three of the team's 15 games under the Jolly Rancher.

While Big Save Dave, can, well, do just that, he also needs more work than what he has been getting. Yes, he's sputtered down the stretch the last two seasons, but with the limited playing time in 2021 he'll be good to go when called upon. And he should get a little more action than what he got in Alberta with Campbell also nursing an injury and the team playing 15 games between now and May 12.

Aside from getting a reliable rental goalie for the playoff push (credit to Dubas for getting Treliving to hold onto 50 percent of his salary), there is also a big positive for getting Rittich: He's in Canada, so no quarantine, and, funny enough, the Flames are traveling to Toronto on Monday for a one-off. No word on whether the now ex-Calgarian can hitch a ride.

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