Oilers sign Tobias Rieder

It’s an Oilers reunion!

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Oilers are signing Tobias Rieder to a one-year, $2-million deal.

The Oilers bring home another former player in the form of Rieder.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, Rieder never played a game for the Oilers and was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Kale Kessy.

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Rieder, a German, has had a very respectable NHL career with the Coyotes and LA Kings, scoring 117 points in 312 games.

The 25-year-old is coming off a season that saw him split time between Arizona and LA, scoring 25 points in 78 games.

A versatile forward like Rieder has the ability to move up and down the lineup, and has spent a lot of time killing penalties in his career.

This marks the third signing of the day for the Oilers, after inking Kyle Brodziak and Kevin Gravel earlier in the day.

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The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson said on Twitter shortly after the signing that Rieder and Leon Draisaitl are good friends from the German hockey program.

He speculated that Rieder could line up on Draisaitl’s wing this fall.

On top of that, the pair played together during the Worlds and at the World Cup of Hockey.

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  • McNugent

    This is what I posted 14 hours ago.

    Tobias Reider please.

    Hes younger with more upside than all these guys.

    Hes German and Drai loves him.

    Its a no brainer imo.

  • Consultant

    I like it. He can play on Drai’s wing and PK. Works for me.
    Our PK stunk last year, happy to have him and Brodziak. Improvements over Letestu and slepy.

  • What-a-Mike

    Well, well, the new signings today are very good for depth for the Oilers. Brodziak is a very good 4th line player who is a better faster player than Letestu, Rieder is a very decent “fast” PK 3rd/4th liner who may well move up to 2nd line if he and Draisaitl have very good chemistry, and Gravel is a “big” defensive 7th defenceman and a much better skating than Gryba was. I like the Gravel signing because this does allow the Oilers to let Bouchard stay in junior for one more year with no pressure or rushing. The only downside with this is that Bouchard is ay better than junior but stupid rules won’t let him go to the AHL. Also, because of cap space, this definitely makes it very likely that Nurse and Strome (if not traded) are going to be singed to bridge contracts. I really like Rieder coming in, because to me he is a better flexible player than Cagguila and maybe even Aberg. The biggest thing is the Oilers are adding speed with all three new signings. Now it looks quite definite that Lucic is going to stay and have a chance to have a much better season. So far, I am giving Chiarelli credit for these players so far and for NOT going stupid “yet” with the start of free agency.

  • OriginalPouzar

    This looks to be one of the best signings of the day in the entire NHL.

    Not sure how he came in at only $2M given the interest there was in the player.

    He’s an RFA at the end as well.

    I hear rumblings of him being on the 2nd line but I pencil him in with Strome to start on the 3rd line (I do think Jesse is going to take a step this season and solidify himself as a 2RW and will have a solid season with Leon).

    Speed and PK for the third line.

    I like it.

    • Oilman99

      It would be interesting to know how much influence Drai had in persuading him sign with Edmonton. One year deal, let Drai pump up his stats, and get the big bucks next year, smart strategy.