Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tobias Rieder Will Not Attend Coyotes Training Camp

Phoenix Coyotes' right wing Tobias Rieder announced that he will not attend training camp after the World Cup of Hockey concludes. The 23-year-old German is a restricted free agent and was seeking a two-year deal for approximately $5 million, his agent confirmed.

Rieder's agent Darren Ferris says that the team has been unwilling to do a bridge deal with his client. Instead it appears that they're looking to lock him up long term.

“We’ve made them a fair offer at two years at $2.5 million a year, and they’re unwilling to do it,” Ferris said. “Tobi brings a lot of intangibles to that team. I know he’s a fan favorite. He loves Arizona, but it’s disappointing that they’re unwilling to compensate this kid fairly. But at the end of the day, we’re not far apart but they’re not willing to do it at all. I would doubt at this point that I could say that anything’s imminent in getting done.”

Coyotes' GM John Chayka had the following to say, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral Sports.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “He’s a big part of our team, and we like him a lot. We feel like we’ve made him some real considerable long-term offers that are right on par with the longest offers we’ve ever made in this organization. We want him to be here and get engaged with his teammates and join the club. But it’s business, too. He’s not the first guy to go through this and probably won’t be the last.”

Rieder had career-best numbers in 2015-16 for the Coyotes. He scored 14 goals to go with 23 assists and had eight points on the power play.

The German has a goal and is a plus-1 in four games for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.