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Ribeiro excited to be reunited with Tippett in Phoenix

Jul 6, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

Mike Ribeiro AP

Mike Ribeiro signing with the Phoenix Coyotes may have caught some by surprise, but he had special motivation to head to the desert.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knows Ribeiro well from their three seasons together in Dallas and for Ribeiro, he couldn’t wait to get back together with his old mentor as NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman shares.

“I think that was my No. 1 goal” he said. “To go somewhere knowing the coach and knowing a little bit of what they were looking for and what my role was going to be and being comfortable, and being able to communicate with the coach. He’s done a great job there in Phoenix. He knows what he can get from me and I know what he wants and I’m ready to work for that.”

Ribeiro had two of his biggest seasons as a pro under Tippett. In 2007-2008 he had 27 goals and 56 assists for a career-high 83 points. He followed that up with 78 points the next year.

While his production hasn’t been quite that high lately, if he can bring his deft touch in setting others up, the Coyotes will be more than happy to have it.

  1. davidpuddy720 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    49 points in 48 games doesn’t qualify as “lately”

    • missthemexpos - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I guess with the just completed shortened NHL season it would be fair to say that almost every players production hasn’t been quite as high lately.

  2. capsfan19 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Ha so a month you said you wanted to go to a place thats going to win a cup? (Not to say the caps are in any position to) come on dude you just wanted a fat rdiculous contract

    • frankiesweep - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      That’s why he didn’t sign w/ a Canadian team… Everyone knows u can’t win a cup in Canada…..

      Notice how every player that is chasing a cup goes to an American team…. You think Iginla thought about ANY Canadian teams… No way!

  3. thailer35 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Uh, the coyotes went to the WCF last year, lost a couple of pieces and smith battled injuries. They are cup contenders especially with the scoring potential ribeiro adds.

  4. pensman29 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Nope they r not cup contenders

    Sorry

  5. obnoxiousDCfan - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Quote from the first Ribeiro story…
    “Ribeiro, 33, did enjoy a tremendous 2013 campaign, scoring 49 points in 48 games as the Caps won the Southeast Division.”

    Quote from this Ribeiro story…
    “While his production hasn’t been quite that high lately, if he can bring his deft touch in setting others up, the Coyotes will be more than happy to have it..”

    Which one is it?

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