Nicholson landed in a bit of hot water when he publicly addressed Rieder’s lack of scoring this season and even went so far as to say that, “if Toby Rieder would have scored 10 or 12 goals we’d probably be in the playoffs.”
Here’s the full extent of Nicholson’s comments, courtesy of Bruce McCurdy of The Edmonton Journal:
The Oilers signed Rieder to a one-year contract worth $2 million on July 1 — a deal that was widely regarded as a smart, affordable signing to add scoring depth, especially considering he was coming off a 12-goal, 25-point campaign split between the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings. The 26-year-old hasn’t managed to strike chemistry with the Oilers, however, registering just 11 assists and no goals in 59 games this season.
The team as a whole has struggled to reach its potential all year, currently sitting seven points outside of the playoff picture with a record of 32-34-7.