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4 Canadian teams fighting over veteran center.

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It appears that four Canadian teams all have their eyes set on the same player, and of course only one of them will be able to get their man.

According to a report from Craig Custance of The Athletic there is currently significant interest in Los Angeles Kings' forward Tobias Rieder despite the fact that he is remains under contract. He is not officially a free agent just yet but all indications are at this time that veteran center will be leaving the Los Angeles Kings organization come the 1st of July and will be hitting the open market as a free agent. 

Despite the fact that Rieder is by no means a household name and is largely considered a role player there appears to be a huge amount of interest in the veteran forward. Custance reports that there is a huge number of Canadian teams that appear to have shown interest in Rieder including the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are all involved at one level or another. Additionally TSN insider Darren Dreger has added that he believes the Ottawa Senators are also a part of this mix as well. 

That is a crazy amount of interest on the free agent market for a guy that is almost certainly going to be a bottom six center on any team that he plays for. Then again this is likely a symptom of the seemingly desperate need for centers at the National Hockey League level, something that will undoubtedly be a huge benefit to Rieder on his next contract. Rieder was previously earning $2,225,000 per season as part of a two year contract he signed with the Arizona Coyotes, and although his numbers have not been impressive the sheer amount of interest may result in him getting a raise.

Rieder is coming off a 2017 - 2018 National Hockey League regular season that he split between the aforementioned Arizona Coyotes and his current team the Los Angeles Kings. Over the course of 78 games Rieder recorded 12 goals and 13 assists for a total of 25 points and boasted a plus minus rating of -12 over the season. To be fair to Rieder here he was a -11 with the Coyotes and a -1 with the Los Angeles Kings and it's quite fair to say that plus minus is somewhat of an outdated metric and more of a team stat than an individual one to begin with.

There are also a small number of American teams believed to be in the mix and they include the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers but those rumors have not been as pronounced as the ones linking Rieder to Canadian teams. No word yet on which of these teams may be the favorite to land the veteran center at this time. 

Update: According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug the Oilers may be out of the race"

Oilers had brief conversation on Rieder but looks like they’re out at this point.  Flames, Canucks, Habs and Sens remain in the mix with a few others.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see Kyle Brodziak return to Edmonton. Strong interest from both sides, deal very possible