Flames counting on freshly re-signed David Rittich to be alpha dog in net

Sportsnet

Despite being surrounded by champagne, dancing family members and five-star food, David Rittich said Saturday he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate the biggest payday of his life.

Mere hours after putting the final touches on a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames, announced early Saturday morning at $2.75 million annually, the colourful Czech netminder said he needed to catch up on sleep before raising a glass in his honour.

"I don’t have the energy to celebrate today," chuckled Rittich, from a family member’s wedding an hour outside his hometown of Jihlava, Czech Republic.

"I packed my bag and was ready for the flight to Toronto early (on Saturday) for my arbitration (scheduled for Monday). I didn’t sleep until 2 a.m. and had set my alarm early. No sleep. Maybe I’ll celebrate with my friends later on."

Some believe fatigue has been an issue with Rittich the last two seasons, as his numbers have dipped in the second half of both his first two full NHL campaigns.

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