TRADE: We’ve acquired goaltender David Rittich from Calgary in exchange for a 2022 third-round selection. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 12, 2021
Leafs get goalie insurance. Flames retain 50 percent of Rittich's salary/aav. Which they needed to do to get it to a third-round pick https://t.co/FxLqer6pSU
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 12, 2021
Rittich has held his own in tandems over the previous two seasons, actually picking up the majority of starts during that time. His career .908 save percentage is serviceable enough that he’ll do fine on the Leafs, and if 50% of his $2.75M salary was retained the Leafs should be able to accommodate him on their roster, especially if Andersen is moved to LTIR or shipped out to make room for the deal. The most part of consideration of Rittich is that there isn’t a single day of quarantine time attached to acquiring him. The Leafs can bring him in right at the deadline if needed, and with two weeks out until the trade deadline, and the lack of hesitation of going to Hutchinson at the moment, the Leafs can likely wait for a more definitive outlook on Andersen.