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Former Oilers giving Flames big boost ahead of regular season

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CALGARY – The ink hadn’t dried on his new contract with the Flames when Tobias Rieder put an exclamation mark on his signing Saturday night.

Scoreless in 67 outings with the Oilers a year earlier, the 26-year-old German punctuated his successful tryout with the Flames with two goals against his former squad.

His second broke a 2-2 tie late in the third for the game-winner, which added a level of satisfaction for the former 16-goal scorer who was not offered a chance to return to the Oilers last spring.

“It feels really good – too bad they don’t count,” chuckled Rieder, whose season was punctuated by comments from Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson, who told season ticket holders, “if Toby Rieder would have scored 10 or 12 goals we’d probably be in the playoffs.”

“It gets the confidence up and I think that’s what I needed before the regular season,” Rieder added. “You’re just happy – finally something goes in and goes your way.”

To complete the juicy storyline, another former Oiler, Milan Lucic, also scored midway through an entertaining pre-season tilt at the Dome won 3-2 by the hosts.

In 146 games as Oilers last year the duo combined for just six goals, a total they got halfway to in just........

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