Part ways with Big Save Dave?
David Rittich being on this list may be surprising, but the idea is gaining traction, the idea was even discussed here a few weeks ago on this very site by Chad Minton.
This should interest Poile; Rittich only has seven starts this season, much less than he’s averaged in the past. In his four previous NHL seasons, he averaged 30 starts, with 42 in 2018-19 and 48 in 2019-20.
That isn’t possible behind Juuse Saros and in his minimal amount of games, Rittich hasn’t posted great numbers, with a .890 save percentage and a 3.17 GAA.
Milwaukee’s Connor Ingram has proven to be more than ready to become Saros’ backup. The 24-year-old is 21-13-5 with Milwaukee in 2021-22, and a .formidable .919 save percentage.
Additionally, Ingram loooked solid in his minimal appearances for the Predators this season.
There are plenty of teams around the league who have goaltending issues, and the Predators should capitalize on that. Rittich could be a nice pick-up for teams that are shallow in net heading into the playoffs, or trying to get into a playoff spot.