The Edmonton Oilers have made their first official roster moves of the 2019/20 NHL season.
Earlier this afternoon it was reported by OilersNation’s Jason Gregor that the Edmonton Oilers would not be extending qualifying offers to depth forwards Tobias Rieder and Ty Rattie, rendering both of them as UFAs.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Oiler fans. Upper management’s frustration with Rieder came to a boiling point when OEG CEO Bob Nicholson put the German NHLer on blast during a season seat holders event.
Rieder first came to Edmonton last summer when he signed a 1-year 2 million dollar contract. He was expected to come in to add some much needed depth scoring on the third line and to perhaps jump into the top 6 when needed.
Obviously that did not happen and the former Oilers 4th round pick failed to register a single goal all season.
Ty Rattie, on the other hand, just couldn’t get a handle on a regular roster spot. He arrived in Edmonton on July 1st, 2017 on a cheap 700k deal and even earned himself an extension in the summer of 2018.
While Rattie did find some chemistry with Connor McDavid at the end of the 2017/18 season, he failed to continue that for the 2018/19 season.
Both players represent cheap gambles that didn’t pay off in the end and Ken Holland should be able to easily find replacements for them.