Arizona’s Rieder hurt at worlds, expected to miss a month

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Coming off a career year, Tobias Rieder was looking forward to representing the German national team at the world hockey championships in Russia.

Unfortunately for him, his tournament has ended early.

Rieder has been knocked out of the worlds with a lower-body injury and will be sidelined for a month, Coyotes GM John Chayka told the team website.

“Tobi has a long summer to recover and get his training in,” Chayka said. “We expect him to be ready to go at training camp in September at 100 percent.”

Rieder, 23, is coming off a solid campaign in which he scored 14 goals and 37 points in 82 games. He was one of just two Coyotes to play in every game this year, and averaged over 17 minutes a night.

Looking ahead, it’s fair to speculate Rieder’s injury could make him questionable for Team Europe selection for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

He wasn’t named to the initial 16-man roster, but was considered to be in the mix for one of the final seven spots.

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