Los Angeles Kings Re-Sign David Rittich

The Los Angeles Kings have made a move, as they have signed goaltender David Rittich to a one-year, $1 million contract extension. 

Rittich, 31, was set to become an unrestricted free agent this July, but the Kings have decided to keep him around before that possibility could occur. He will continue to be a solid depth option between the pipes for the Kings because of it. 

The Kings signed Rittich during the 2023 NHL Offseason with the expectation that he would be their third-string goalie. However, due to Pheonix Copley getting injured, Rittich made the jump to the NHL and put together a strong campaign because of it. He even saw playoff action for the Kings because of Cam Talbot's struggles. 

Rittich appeared in 24 games during this regular season with the Kings, where he posted a 13-6-3 record, a 2.15 goals-against average (GAA), and a .921 save percentage (SV%). With numbers like these, he was a very useful backup for the Kings, so it makes sense that he has earned this new deal with the club.

Rittich will likely serve as the Kings' backup for the 2024-25 season. Los Angeles will now look to find a new starter this offseason in free agency or through the trade market from here.

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