Tuesday: According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Rieder has cleared waivers and can be assigned to the minor leagues.
Monday: The Calgary Flames have decided to place Tobias Rieder on waivers, according to James Mirtle of The Athletic. Rieder has just one goals and zero assists in nine games this season, after signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames in September.
Even though Rieder hasn’t been quite the offensive catalyst the team may have hoped for, this move reeks of cap implications more than performance. The Flames in the midst of a delicate cap ceiling dance thanks to injuries, and getting another player through waivers would give them some flexibility. Should Rieder clear tomorrow he could be shuttled back and forth between the NHL and AHL for quite some time, as players don’t need waivers again until they have played in ten NHL games or spent 30 days on the NHL roster.
Still, that lack of offensive production is still concerning for a player that struggled so mightily last season. Rieder was infamously unable to score a single goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 67 games, leading to plenty of frustration from the team leadership.
After earning a contract after skating with the Flames on a professional tryout, there was some hope that Rieder could get back to the level that had him recording double-digit goal totals in four consecutive seasons between 2014-18. This latest move may be a sign that he isn’t ever going to be an impact player for the Flames, though there perhaps will be another team that believes they could use him.