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Coyotes, Rieder work out differences, agree to two-year deal

Contract negotiations between Arizona and Tobias Rieder seemed to stall when Rieder’s agent said it was best for the Coyotes to trade Rieder if they weren’t willing to budge on salary, but the two sides have come to an agreement.

With the World Cup of Hockey over and Tobias Rieder refusing to report to Arizona Coyotes training camp without a new contract, it seemed the 23-year-old winger was destined to either start the season on the sideline or in a new locale. He’s not going anywhere, though.

Late Monday, it was announced that the Coyotes and Rieder have come to terms on a contract extension that locks him up for the next two seasons. In order to get the deal done, the two sides had to find a middle ground between Rieder’s reported $2.5-million asking price and the Coyotes reported low $2-million offer, and they reached a compromise. At $2.225 per season, a total of $4.5 million over the span of the deal, Rieder will be back in Arizona.

The financial breakdown of the contract sees Rieder come back to the Coyotes this season being paid $2 million, but he’ll receive a substantial raise ahead of the 2017-18 campaign and take home $2.45 million next season.

"Toby is extremely happy to get this done and looks forward to joining his teammates in Arizona," Rieder’s agent Darren Ferris told AZCentral’s Sarah McLellan.

It’s surprising that Rieder and the Coyotes have reached a deal so soon after talks seemed to take a turn — Ferris had said it would be best for Arizona to trade Rieder if they were unwilling to meet his asking price — but with the contract dispute ended, all will likely be forgotten as Rieder gets back into the lineup.

Keeping Rieder around is a good thing for Arizona, too, even if they had to pay him slightly more than they would have liked. Rieder has shown over the past two seasons with the Coyotes that he’s more than capable of playing a solid two-way game, and he’s already found his way onto the second line with the Coyotes.

This past season, Rieder put up 14 goals and 37 points in 82 games while skating 17-plus minutes per night, and though he’s not nearly as heralded as the Max Domis, Anthony Duclairs or Dylan Stromes of the roster, Rieder’s a solid second-line piece that is already an underrated talent on an up-and-coming Coyotes team.

Arizona has two pre-season games remaining, and there’s a good chance that Rieder suits up in at least one of the final tuneup games. Rieder, who hails from Germany, was part of the World Cup runner-up Team Europe, so he’s already had some top level pre-season action ahead of the campaign. He notched one assist and seven shots in six games at the World Cup.

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