Flames invite Devante Smith-Pelly, Tobias Rieder and others to camp on PTOs
The Calgary Flames are widening their search for new players.
On Wednesday, the Flames announced they signed four players to professional tryouts. Devante Smith-Pelly, Tobias Rieder, Zac Rinaldo and Alexandre Grenier will attend Flames training camp as the club looks to add some more pieces to an offense that was tops in the Western Conference last season.
While none of the players brought in on PTOs would be expected to shoulder large responsibility in creating offense, all four come with NHL experience that could prove handy over a grueling campaign.
Smith-Pelly was a key contributor during the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup-winning run two seasons ago, scoring three times during the Final as the Caps claimed their first championship. However, the 27-year-old only played 54 games for Washington in 2018-19, netting eight points (four goals, four assists). He also played 20 games for the Hershey Bears in the AHL last season, scoring six goals and adding eight assists before re-joining the Capitals for the postseason.
Rieder was goalless through 67 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season, but the 26-year-old does have 128 points (55 goals) in 379 career NHL games. A former member of the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes, Rieder was famously called out by Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson as one of the reasons for Edmonton’s failures last season, so a change of scenery should certainly be welcomed by the German.
Rinaldo, 29, has played 351 NHL games with four teams. Last season, he notched three points and 20 penalty minutes with the Nashville Predators, and also had a short stint with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Grenier has just nine NHL games to his name, all with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. A 27-year-old native of Laval, Que., Grenier played 68 games for his hometown Laval Rocket of the AHL, posting 11 goals and 16 assists.
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