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Ribeiro’s ‘behavioral issues’ led to buyout, says Maloney

Jun 27, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for questions to be answered about the Mike Ribeiro buyout in Arizona.

“Mike had some real behavioral issues we felt we could not tolerate going forward,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said, per the Arizona Republic.

He then went on to explain…

Ribeiro has a history of behavioral issues. In 2010, he was arrested on a public intoxication charge while playing for Dallas; during the 2013 campaign in Washington, he owned up to his active nightlife and reputation as a guy that liked to party. From NHL.com:

“It starts with better decisions,” Ribeiro said. “Instead of after a game going to have beer with the boys, I’ll go home. Instead of going to bed at four in the morning, I’ll go to bed at 12 at night. I eat better, I take better care of my body … I’m just more focused not on myself, but on being there for my family and helping my team win.”

Ribeiro said that he wants to be there for his family, because wife Tamara and children Mikael, 12, Noah, 8, and Viktoria, 7, have been there for him through professional triumphs and personal challenges, helping him, “become a better person,” in the process.

Finally, it’s worth noting Maloney had a parting shot…

Related: Coyotes considering Ribeiro buyout (Update: It’s done)

  1. ewampus - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Ouch

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      lols at Ribiero… the guy just got smacked down…

  2. ludacrish05 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    He’s welcome in DC but just tell his wife not to tweet anything

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      No way do i want him back in DC, i hope he gets his life together and all that but he is not what the caps need

  3. pr0jecktpat - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    He had that one good season in DC, but honestly I don’t miss him. One of the things that pissed me off with him is he would make some stupid decisions when games got close, or we were down, and it typically involved him getting pissed off and drawing a penalty or mouthing off.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Yes! He had the worst timing for taking penalties. Decent playmaker, but he made some very bad decisions that cost the team a goal or two. Even a game.

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I’d like to party with him at least

  5. therealjr - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    If the guy has behavioral issues why are you rewarding him with a buyout? Let him seek his help and if he doesn’t change his ways you go after his contract or look to suspend him for conduct detrimental. What a roll-over by Maloney.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      What type of help do you seek for partying too much?

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        obviously getting married didn’t help… that’s normally the cure

  6. phtjoey - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    There go his chances of finding a new gig I’m the NHL.

  7. gbrim - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Maloney’s comments regarding the Coyotes back to needing a top-line center, quoted from memory “We were without a top-line center the last 40 games anyway. We all saw it.” Gotta give him points for honesty. Brutal honesty.

  8. stakex - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Well this makes a bit more sense now. So I guess the question becomes what happens to him after such a negative departure.

  9. hockeyornothing - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Is it really necessary for the GM to make any comments? It’s interesting in that in most lines of business you’d “cut your losses” and move on. I realize GM is ticked but again should’ve done there homework. And then y jeopardize a lawsuit potential for defamation or anything like that

    • stakex - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      You can’t sue an employer for making true statements about you, unless there is some sort of confidentiality agreement in place (which there never is in sports). Defamation lawsuits are only viable when the statements are false, and you can prove they did harm. Given Riberio’s history, I highly doubt these statements are false.

  10. luz56 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    It’s the GM that knew this when he offered the stupid deal..I bet the cash strapped owner are thrilled!! .Look out here come Hudler to AZ for Yandle….

  11. phxyotes - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Good riddance. The guy was a cancer and his play had dropped significantly.

  12. thefutureofoil - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Damn! Don’t you wish all executives in sports were as blunt.

  13. ray2013 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Now the oilers can acquire a number 2 centre.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      about the only way people end up going to the oilers if htey are forced by trade, or can’t find work anywhere else. no doubt Ribiero makes more in Edmonton than he would anywhere else.

      people cut down Winnipeg, when its really Edmonton that is the armpit of America.

      • rmccleary97 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Sorry, we don’t want Edmonton in the U.S. – we’ve already got places like that. They’re called New Jersey and Kansas.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Canada, USA, it’s all the same, it’s all America… one part has provinces and the other has states…

      • ray2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Edmonton is not in America.

        I would agree 100% that it’s not a dream destination, And if he didn’t have any baggage, he probably wouldn’t pick Edmonton.

        But he does have baggage, and needs to turn it around. Where better than Edmonton where they do have some young talent in their top-6 wingers, and a gaping hole in the #2C? Here’s a chance to play some run and gun, score a lot of points, and re-build his reputation, and set himself up for another contract after this one.

      • tuberippin - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:09 AM

        Edmonton is located in North America, though in Canada rather than the United States.

    • jernster21 - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      They have enough problems motivating a #1 overall pick in Yakupov, you really think they need another cocky head case?

  14. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    “Sir, you’re under arrest for being drunk in public.”

    “But officer, I was drunk in the bar. The bouncers THREW ME into ‘public’.”

  15. thailer35 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Not surprised here. You can see in his face the guy doesn’t take good care of himself. I remember going to practices and everyone in the stands was hollering at him while they were doing conditioning drills because he was barely even skating. Good riddance.

  16. cliffatola - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Maloney bought him out and then pushed him in front of the bus on his way out of town. Ribeiro worked in DC because he was a supporting player who was actually pretty bad in 5 on 5 situations and even worse on faceoffs. He chose Phoenix because that was supposed to be his last contract before retirement, what part of a dream life don’t these guys get. Paid millions to play a game that most folks pay to play in recreation, what a waste.

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