This past Saturday it was reported that Arizona Coyotes' forward Tobias Rieder was sidelined at the IIHF World Championship with a knee injury after colliding with Corey Perry. Rieder flew back to his home in Germany and is likely to miss 4-6 weeks. The injury definitely comes as a hit to the German team, which is having a successful Worlds, including a 3-2 upset win against the United States on Sunday.
Coyotes fans are likely wondering what, if any, impact this will have on Rieder's future with the Coyotes. Rieder is a restricted free agent coming off a entry level three year, $2.775 million deal and is due for a raise. With the Coyotes Rieder has been solid, in two seasons he has 27 goals and 31 assists and has earned a bump in pay and likely term, and this injury likely isn't going to damage this.
@sarahhowling Nada. They don't think it's that bad.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) May 15, 2016
Coyotes fans may remember that Mikkel Boedker suffered an injury last during the 2014-15 season before negotiating for for an extension as an RFA, the injury potentially played a role in the contract he eventually signed. It's possible that the Coyotes management wanted to see if Boedker would be missing a step after his spleen removal, and because of that they may have gone with a shorter deal. With the changes in management it's possible that wasn't the case. Either way it is likely that the process of re-signing Rieder will be much smoother. His injury seems to be much less severe and whose eventual deal is probably much less then what Boedker was looking with regards to money.
While Rieder being injured at the Worlds is not a good thing, the way it looks right now it isn't going to have a negative impact on Rieder or his future with the team. If the 4-6 week timeline holds he should back in time for training camp no problem, and he may even be eligible for the inaugural World Cup of Hockey, provided he makes Team Europe's roster.