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Ribeiro: ‘Obviously, I’m not helping much’ in Phoenix’s playoff push

Apr 8, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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The tough times continue for Mike Ribeiro in Phoenix.

The Coyotes’ big offseason acquisition — signed in free agency for $22 million over four years — has been a dud as of late, going goalless in 10 straight and sitting as a healthy scratch while Phoenix keeps fighting for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

“Obviously, I’m not helping much,” Ribeiro said, per the Arizona Republic. “It’s up to me to play better and step up my game.”

The slide comes just months after Ribeiro had a November to remember, scoring 11 points in 13 games while temporarily emerging as the club’s best center and playmaker. Since then, though, things have gone steadily downhill to the point where, in March, Ribeiro had nearly as many healthy scratches (two) as he did points (four).

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett was blunt in his assessment of what’s wrong, deflecting claims that Ribeiro’s carousel of wingers has played a significant role in his decreased output.

“Really, ‘Ribs’ has to put the work in. That’s the bottom line,” Tippett said. “Everybody likes to rely on other players around them, but you gotta put the work in yourself first before you start looking at wingers.”

Tonight’s game versus Columbus is a huge one for the Coyotes. They head into Tuesday’s action sitting one point back of Dallas for the final wild card spot, and the Stars are hosting Nashville at American Airlines.

If the two teams keep winning, it’ll set up a final day, winner-takes-all matchup for the last playoff spot, as the Stars will take on the ‘Yotes this Sunday in Phoenix.

  1. vbcaps - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Good move by the craps dropping him. Wish grabo had been healthy all year

  2. thailer35 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    No, you are not helping Ribeiro. Please start playing like you are a highly paid professional athlete and not like your brother-in-law dragged you to a pick-up game you don’t want to go to because you’re going to miss The Bachelor and now have to watch it on DVR instead.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      that sounded like it came from experience, no?

      • thailer35 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Yup. I was the brother-in-law.

    • orangandblack - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      ugh, that’s the worst! Than you have to stay off of social media so you don’t read the spoilers and you can’t talk to your friends because everyone’s going on and on about how great this weeks episode was….

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    great crack boys lmao

    say ibieiniid, i hope you haven’t scared our joey off … i rolled-out earlier in anticipation of round 143 … i think a truce is in order

    ooooh wait … the ukranian parliament had a major punch-up earlier … savages

    i see great potential for an nhl franchise in kyiv

    • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      that’s ok muckle. i’ll find somebody else to argue with. always do.

      • skr213 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Yes, in fact, on Oct. 13, 2013, joey predicted that you would reply with this exact answer.

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