Report: Tobias Rieder considering KHL move
Tobias Rieder, a current restricted free agent of the Arizona Coyotes, may be spending next season overseas.
Two informed KHL sources brought up the topic, one stating that multiple teams have interest in Rieder’s services.
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The 23 year-old winger spent his second full NHL season with Arizona last year. Rieder tallied 14 goals and 37 points in it, both career highs.
Rieder was drafted back in the 2011 fourth round by Edmonton. He was sent in a trade to Arizona in exchange for Kale Kessey, a big winger who has put up relatively unimpressive numbers in the AHL. Rieder was considered by many to be a breakout candidate this year on a young and upcoming Coyotes roster.
It is believed that the motive for Rieder considering a KHL move is money. Rieder will earn much more in Russia than he would in North America, despite playing a similar role. Rieder in all likelihood would’ve gotten a top-six role in Arizona, something he will get on whatever other continent he plays on.
In the long term, you have to wonder how this affects Rieder’s career. Arizona would still hold onto his rights, but his value diminishes significantly. He has a lot of upside, but a quick bolt to the KHL will leave a lot of teams wary.
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