Tobias Rieder has reportedly switched sides in the Battle of Alberta.
The 26-year-old center signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames worth $700,000, according to The Score. Rieder was invited to Flames training camp on a professional tryout at the beginning of the month.
Rieder last played for the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he signed a one-year contract in July 2018. The 2018-19 campaign could not have gone worse for Rieder, who failed to score a single goal for Edmonton in 67 games and was the subject of public scorn by Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson as a result.
Rieder proved during his time with the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings that he can contribute at the NHL level, however. The Landshut, Germany, native set a career high with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 2015-16 with Arizona and reached double digits goals in each of the four seasons he played prior to joining the Oilers. He has amassed 128 points over 379 career NHL games.
Now in southern Alberta, Rieder hopes to rekindle his career with the reigning Western Conference regular-season champions.
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