NHL News: Maple Leafs acquire David Rittich; Bruins land Mike Riley; and Kings Jeff Carter to Penguins?

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Feb 22, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich (33) makes a save as defenseman Christopher Tanev (8) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still at it as they’ve traded for goalie insurance by landing Flames backup David Rittich. The Flames will retain 50% of his cap hit in exchange for a 2022 third round pick from the Leafs. The 28 year-old will be a UFA at season’s end.

Per the team’s website:

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired goaltender David Rittich from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Toronto’s third round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft. As part of the deal, Calgary will retain 50 percent of Rittich’s contract.

This season Rittich has a 4-7-1 record to go along with a 2.90 GAA and .904 SV%. If Frederik Andersen’s injury continues or gets re-aggravated, they will need a solid backup for Jack Campbell and it appears they found it in Calgary.

Bruins add Mike Reilly

The Bruins have added more depth to their defense with the acquisition of Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators for a third round pick in 2022. Boston could still be a player to land and forward tomorrow.

Per the team’s website:

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 11, that the team has acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Reilly, 27, has 19 assists in 40 games this season with Ottawa. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman has appeared in 244 career NHL games with Ottawa, Montreal and Minnesota, totaling eight goals and 64 assists for 72 points. 

Jeff Carter to Pittsburgh?

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Mar 29, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates after a goal by defenseman Matt Roy (right) against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Locher/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like GM Ron Hextall is using his L.A. Kings ties here and may have landed Jeff Carter. Per Bob McKenzie the two sides are working on a trade. Carter is 36 years-old and has one more season left on a deal that pays $5.2 million AAV. The Kings will obviously retain salary and are said to be getting back conditional draft picks. We will update when final.

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