Probably not the way he wanted to end his tenure as a Leaf but the writing is on the wall for Freddy Andersen.
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
Rittich was an All-Star a couple of years ago and the move gives the Leafs some depth in net, and if Dubas plays his cards right, he might be able to shed 3.25 million in cap space if he can find Freddy a new home.
BIG. SAVE. DAVE.
David Rittich was on one last night. pic.twitter.com/tIWQmlzwVF
— NHL (@NHL) January 17, 2020
He’s a UFA this summer and with Campbell (11-0), Rittich and Hutch, his cap hit is a problem for a team that needs to create some today.
If they can find a way to spin trades for Kerfoot and Andersen, they’ll have close to 7 million to bring in an impact player (or two) with term.
Josh Manson comes to mind. Jamie Oleksiak would be lovely. Seth Jones would look terrific in a Leaf jersey.
But Andersen has to go and so does Kerfoot. With the emergence of Engvall and the addition of Foligno and Riley Nash, it makes perfect sense.
With Rittich coming in and how Campbell has been playing and Andersen hurt and not playing well before that, gotta think Freddy is gonna be gone by 4 tomorrow
— Jeff MacDonald (@jmacyourlife) April 12, 2021
It makes me wonder how hurt Freddy is. Is this a Joffrey Lupul/Stephane Robidas injury? Or is Freddy’s luck just pure garbage?
When I hear Freddy’s name I just hear ‘Cap Space’ so just do it, Kyle. You told us you were all in yesterday and now would be a great time to pull the trigger.