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Flames camp takeaways: David Rittich poised for plenty of action

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29.09.2019

For a team that added just three new bodies from last year, there were no bigger developments in training camp than the emergence of professional tryout signee Tobias Rieder.

The team finally made it official Sunday morning that he and Zac Rinaldo had inked one-year, two-way deals worth $700,000 to add depth to the roster.

Rieder’s speed and elite penalty killing skills will actually earn him an opening night roster spot, while Rinaldo will undoubtedly start in the minors.

Rieder’s two goals in the final pre-season game Saturday against his former Edmonton club was big for the confidence of the 26-year-old German, who went scoreless in 67 games with the Oilers last season.

Although a different player, Rieder should be counted on to essentially fill the shoes of departed grinder Garnet Hathaway, who scored 11 goals last year while spending valuable time on the penalty kill unit.

The question is whether Rieder can get back to playing in the dirty areas Hathaway thrived in – something Rieder knows he has to work on.

It says plenty about the talent and depth of the defending Western Conference regular season champs that there were very few developments or surprises in camp other than two lads on tryouts.

Here are a few other takeaways:

GOALIE GRADING
Cam Talbot opened his tenure as a Flame allowing three goals on nine shots in an overtime loss, drawing Bronx cheers from a crowd that perhaps needed a bit of time to get over the fact he was a longtime Oiler.

His play from that point on improved tremendously, gaining the trust of a coaching staff confident the veteran reclamation project has regained enough confidence and form to push David Rittich all........

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