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Report: Ribeiro signing decision coming this week

Jul 14, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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After being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes, Mike Ribeiro will soon have a new team to call his own.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Ribeiro will make a decision this week as to who he will sign with. Reportedly his choices comes down to one team from the Eastern Conference and the other in the Western Conference. Safe to say we can exclude Arizona, Dallas, Montreal, and Washington from that list of possibilities.

Arizona in particular had a hard time with Ribeiro as they bought him out this summer after playing just one season in the desert. Coyotes GM Don Maloney said “behavioral issues” led them to make the decision to buy out Ribeiro.

Now the question is: Which teams need help at center so much they’re considering a guy who got chewed out so badly by another team’s GM.

  1. rsl22 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I’m not advocating for the Caps to sign him, but is there a reason the Caps should be eliminated from the list of possibilities? His time in DC wasn’t perfect, but I don’t remember any real issues. He’s a 2C who will likely be cheap, and the Caps need a cheap 2C.

    • therealjr - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Yes, there is a reason the Caps should be eliminated from the list of possibilities. They are clearly in the midst of a cultural shift there, and Ribs brings neither good two-way play nor locker room leadership.

      • cliffatola - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Most of what Ribeiro accomplished in DC was on the PP and he was pretty bad 5 on 5 and he sucked on faceoffs. They could do better.

      • kotteintheslot - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        First I thought, man rsl22 that is a very good point. Then I saw the next two comments and went, oh yeah. Better points lol

    • adlent - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Caps don’t need him. The guy was only good on the PP and mostly early in the year before trailing off. He doesn’t defend and he is bad at face-offs and takes poor penalties. If you like fancy stats, his Corsi wasn’t particularly high and his Corsi relative was in the negatives (for his year in Washington).

      No reason to bring him back for his negatives.

      • rsl22 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        My post was not implying the Caps should bring him back; it was simply stating that whatever his problems were in Phx, there didn’t seem to be an issue in the locker room when he was a Cap.

        And if anyone can get him straightened out, Trotz seems like he could be the guy. For $1-1.5MM for one year, he doesn’t seem like a terrible option.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Please sign with a Western team so we don’t need to see him much this year. My doctor is advocating lowering my blood pressure and this guy puts me over the edge. Retirement would be best. For him.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Would recommending a beer league be too much?

  3. ray2013 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I’d be curious to know which teams they are.

    • buckhome - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      yeah – pretty funny, one Eastern team and one Western. So wherever he signs, the reporter can be correct with an Eastern team out-bidding a Western one or vice-versa. Shoddy reporting but what we get a lot these days.

      Go out on a limb and throw out some teams that you think are the biggest possibilities at least and then maybe there’s a story to be written.

  4. dueman - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I think that Nashville might be one of them, to play on a line with Neal…

  5. dumbassgreg - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Nashville and Washington probably.

    • musamonster - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      There were rumors that he was in Nashville over the weekend, and just before that the Preds brass was overheard talking about someone who fit his description.

  6. thegloriouspast - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Probably the rangers. They lost 2 centermen this offseason.

    • stakex - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      You’re not the first person I’ve seen suggest he might land with the Rangers, but it seems doubtful. For starters, the Rangers have only lost one center so far in Brad Richards. Boyle played as a center at times, but also played wing quite a bit. They still have Stepan, Moore, and probably Brassard… with Miller/Lindberg likely to contend for the 3rd line center role. That’s workable.

      Now in order to bring in Riberio the Rangers would have to let Brassard walk. Riberio might have a higher ceiling if everything goes well, but Brassard is much younger and is a proven fit with the Rangers. Letting him go in favor of Riberio, who is likely to see continued decline going forward, would be a serious mistake IMO. Not to mention I don’t think NYC is the best location for a guy with a history of problems related to his partying.

      • hockey412 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        Definitely would take Brassard over Ribiero.

      • geejon - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Brassard has nothing to do with whether the Rangers are in on Ribeiro or not. Miller can play wing as well as center (and wing is probably his better position) and he hasn’t even shown he can be a steady NHL player never mind excluding signing another player because of his presence. If the Rangers aren’t in on Ribeiro it’s because they’re not interested, that’s all.

    • buckhome - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      not headed to the Rangers. At center they’ll either go with youth or look to get bigger. Ribiero provides neither.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Perfect candidate for Wilsons “rebuild”. Won’t be surprised when I read that he is a Shark.

  8. rushledger - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    The predators have to be on this list due to the lack of centers willing to go to Nashville, plus Fisher is out for an extended while.

    Than I’d say the islanders because it’s a gamble and we know they’re up for a gamble, plus one year one mil could pay off but then will see, just my two guesses.

  9. claysbar - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    In that picture he looks like he should be saying “The doctor says I’m feeling much better now…”

    • kpix99 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I wouldn’t agree with that doctor….

  10. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Nashville is his best bet to play with Neal

  11. hines86for6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Nashville it is

  12. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Congrads to those who projected Nashville as a likely destination. My question is one of fit. Since MR has a history of wearing red, how will this work with their “keep the red out” campaign?

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