Rieder came off a very good World Cup tournament, playing for the surprise of the tourney, Team Europe, and he did earn himself a deal worth $4.45 million in total, which worked out to be a $2.25 cap hit for each season, a good bridge deal in general.
The 23-year old German has established himself as a good third line winger with significant speed and plays a strong game on the penalty kill, which allows for shorthanded chances.
Last season with the Coyotes, he picked up 37 points in all 82 games and this season, he has been projected to hit the 40-point range and this signing will certainly allow for him to do that. He will certainly be one of the bigger pieces to their puzzle this season, if they are going to have any sort of success.
|Shane Doan||5.000||Oliver Ekman-Larsson||5.500||Mike Smith||5.667|
|Jamie McGinn||3.333||Alex Goligoski||5.475||Louis Domingue||1.050|
|Martin Hanzal||3.100||Michael Stone||4.000|
|Tobias Rieder||2.225||Connor Murphy||3.850|
|Brad Richardson||2.080||Luke Schenn||1.250|
|Ryan White||1.000||Zbynek Michalek||3.200|
|Dylan Strome||0.894||Jakob Chychrun||0.925||Justin Peters||0.600|
|Lawson Crouse||0.894||Anthony DeAngelo||0.863|
|Christian Fischer||0.853||Klas Dahlbeck||0.750|
|Christian Dvorak||0.839||Jarred Tinordi||0.700|
|Jordan Martinook||0.613||Dakota Mermis||0.627|
|Pavel Datsyuk||7.500||Chris Pronger||4.921|
|Dave Bolland||5.500||Kevin Connauton||1.000|
|Nick Merkley||0.894||Kyle Wood||0.718||Adin Hill||0.726|
|Henrik Samuelsson||0.894||Dysin Mayo||0.653||Marek Langhamer||0.648|
|Tyler Gaudet||0.874||Jamie McBain||0.650|
|Brendan Perlini||0.863||Justin Hache||0.640|
The players in blue above are all fighting for jobs on this season's roster and that's where the general interest is here. The desert dogs are hosting quite the battle for jobs, where the guys in green are pool worthy players, where Rieder lands, and the ones in yellow are roster players that likely won't have any significance in the hockey pool for the coming year. The players in red are non-playing players, likely to injury or retirement. My current count shows 32 players in colour, $6.6 million above the cap ceiling, so they will have to come down by that much, when they cut down their roster.
Datsyuk's $7.5 million will have to stay on the hit, while Pronger and Bolland will have their cap hits go to LTIR, if needed, while Connauton will probably start the season on the regular IR and won't nearly have the effect as the other three.