The Buffalo Sabres have dipped into the bargain bin to add a speedy, two-way winger. Veteran forward Tobias Rieder will sign with the team, according to The Score’s John Matisz. It is expected to be one-year, one-way contract for the league minimum $700K.
Rieder, 27, seemingly peaked at a young age, as he has recorded just 21 points over the past two years with Edmonton and Calgary after totaling 117 points in his first four NHL seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. However, a minimum contract is not much of a risk for Buffalo to take on the off-chance that Rieder can return to 30+ point form.
Even if this is just a minor depth addition, Rieder is a good penalty killer and a capable bottom-six forward. Should the Sabres succeed in re-signing non-qualified forward Dominik Kahun, Rieder could also come in handy with furthering the development of his fellow German. Kahun is a similar player to what Rieder was in his prime and the duo could work well together.