The Arizona Coyotes have traded forward Tobias Rieder to the Los Angeles Kings, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Craig Morgan.
In return, the Coyotes will receive goalie Darcy Kuemper, with backup goalie Scott Wedgewood going to Los Angeles. Kuemper and the Coyotes have already worked out an extension, per Morgan. Kuemper was set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Kuemper’s extension is for two years with an annual average value of $1.85 million, according to Morgan.
“Darcy is a big, talented goaltender who is having an excellent year,” general manager John Chayka said in a press release. “You need great goaltending in this league in order to be successful and with Antti and Darcy, we are confident that we have an excellent tandem for the future.”
Rieder, a restricted free agent after this season, has eight goals and 19 points this season for Arizona. He was a healthy scratch for the first time this year in early February against the San Jose Sharks.
Head coach Rick Tocchet said earlier this month that he wanted more from Rieder’s intangibles.
“It’s not so much his scoring,” Tocchet said. “He’s got to get inside the dots. He just hasn’t really done much.”
Kuemper, 27, has started 15 games for the Kings. In 19 total appearances, he has a goals against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .932.