Signing a professional tryout deal is never ideal for an NHL player. It gets you into training camp and allows you a chance to show that you can still play, but it is far from a guarantee.
Three players who have played for the Arizona Coyotes organization over the years have signed PTOs. Tobias Rieder and Zac Rinaldo are avoiding the conventional knowledge that former Coyotes shouldn’t play in Alberta, while Scottie Upshall is in Dallas.
Originally acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Kale Kessey, Rieder would prove to be a solid addition to the bottom six. He was a good penalty killer and in 2016-17 he scored a career-high 16 goals. The next season as a pending free agent he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Darcy Kuemper. Last season he had a rough stretch with the Edmonton Oilers, going goalless in 67 games.
The Coyotes originally signed Zac Rinaldo to a one year deal for the 2017-18 season in an attempt to add size. Rinaldo would play 53 games with the Coyotes which saw him score a career-high 5 goals. Rinaldo spent last season with the Nashville Predators, where he was limited to just 23 games in the NHL along with 3 games in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals.
The then-Phoenix Coyotes acquired Scottie Upshall in 2009 along with a 2011 second-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Daniel Carcillo. Upshall would play 129 games with the Coyotes where he would finish 42-30-72. The Coyotes would trade Upshall and Sami Lepisto to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers. Since then he has also played for the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues.
Do you have any fond memories of these players’ time in Arizona? Do you think they have enough to get an NHL deal this season? Would you like to see any of these three return to Arizona? Comment below.