According to his agent, Rieder (knee) is not close to reaching a contract extension with the Coyotes, the Arizona Republic reports. After an impressive rookie campaign that included 21 points for the burgeoning winger, Rieder set the bar even higher last season by producing 14 goals, 23 helpers and eight tallies on the man advantage. The 'Yotes extended a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent in late June, but all is quiet on the contract front for the 23-year-old, who was originally drafted by Edmonton with a fourth-round pick in 2011. While Rieder sustained a knee injury at the World Championship in mid-May, it's not believed to be a big concern given that he's expected to be healthy to start the 2016-17 season.
Rieder (knee) was extended a qualifying offer by the Coyotes on Monday. The 'Yotes also gave qualifying offers to forwards Tyler Gaudet and Stefan Fournier. Rieder sustained a knee injury at the World Championship in Russia in mid-May, though he's expected to be healthy by the start of the 2016-17 campaign. The 23-year-old finished with 37 points last season, which was a 16-point jump from his rookie year, but the German could afford to tighten up defensively -- In his young NHL career, he owns a minus-40 rating.
Rieder suffered a knee injury while playing for the German national team at the World Championships and will miss four-to-six weeks, Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports.com reports. While the injury will force Rieder to delay his offseason training, his recovery timetable should put him on track to return to full health by the end of June. Rieder was an effective supplementary scorer for the Coyotes last season, tallying a career-high 14 goals and 37 points while suiting up in all 82 games.
Rieder scored a second-period goal in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Edmonton. The goal turned out to be the eventual game-winner for the Coyotes. The 23-year-old hasn't been doing much in terms of goals lately, as he's scored just twice since Feb. 5. Still, he's now at 13 goals for the season, the same number he put up during his rookie campaign a season ago. Getting consistent minutes has been a problem for Rieder this season, as his 13:55 on the ice Tuesday came after receiving at least 17 minutes in three of the previous five games.
Rieder snapped a seven-game pointless drought with his 12th goal of the season Wednesday in Vancouver. Rieder's second-period tally was his first goal since Feb.5, and just his fourth point in 15 games since that date. The speedy 23-year-old still lacks consistency, but his continued role on the second line despite his inability to score indicates that the Coyotes believe Rieder can turn things around in a hurry.
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