The Arizona Coyotes have surprisingly been struggling through contract negotiations with two-way forward Tobias Rieder all summer.
With just under two weeks until the start of the upcoming season, though, things have finally reportedly gotten done.
First broken by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Coyotes and Rieder have come close to terms on a multi-year deal for the coming seasons. Bob McKenzie followed up with confirmation of the impending deal.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Rieder was dealt into the Coyotes system before ever going pro in a swap that sent enforcer Kale Kessy to the Alberta-based club. He’s been in the Arizona system ever since, playing for their AHL affiliate prior to debuting for his rookie season in the 2014-15 campaign.
Rieder has been one of the NHL’s top penalty-killing forwards during his two years in the league, scoring the fastest two consecutive short-handed goals by an NHL rookie in league history against the Oilers his first year and following up with a strong showing in 2015-16.
Struggles coming to terms on a happy medium in extension term and amount, though, left Rieder heading to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey for Team Europe this September without a new deal.
Now, it seems as if the Coyotes have pushed to finally get something done, following what was a strong showing for Rieder at the international tournament. He helped the underdog roster make it to the World Cup final just last week; now, he’s headed back to the NHL.
More information on his contract has yet to come out; it is important to stress that McKenzie did insist the deal is still in the works and has not yet been signed.