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Poile on Ribeiro: ‘This clearly is really his last chance’

Jul 15, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

David Poile AP

The Nashville Predators signing of forward Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million deal on Tuesday afternoon came with a bit of a raised eyebrow.

Ribeiro was bought out by the Arizona Coyotes after playing just one year of a four-year, $22 million deal he signed with the team last summer. Coyotes GM Don Maloney made it known when announcing the buy out that “behavioral issues” forced the team to send him packing and eat the final three years of the contract to the tune of $1.944 million over the next six years.

Now that he’s in Nashville, Predators GM David Poile didn’t mince words when it came to the subject of whether he was concerned for how Ribeiro would handle his new situation.

Ribeiro has seemingly worn out his welcome in other locations aside from Glendale. The Washington Capitals didn’t try to re-sign him last summer after a successful season in D.C. and he was traded by both the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars.

After being publicly sent on his way and shamed for it, he’ll have plenty to prove as a player in Nashville. The Predators hope their gamble on his ability to get straightened out pays off.

  1. ntvd7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    “This is Shane. When you screw up, you deal with him” #standard

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    • no - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      he reminds me of like 12 kids I went to high school with…

  3. tomas3345 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    1 million for a guy who can put up 50 pts is pretty good, too bad they couldn’t just sign him for a pile of blow and some alcohol

    • elrock7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      They did.

  4. raleighcaniac - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    If he can’t figure out that without hockey he goes to collecting tin cans on the side of the road for aluminum value then he is truly a brain dead athlete.

    • tomas3345 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      you won’t be homeless when you’re still making $1.944 million over the next six years

    • georgejarkko - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      tin cans have no aluminum value.

      • mcphillthy - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        ^best comment on this thread! Lol

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Putting this and the Roy signing together, I’m thinking they signed both hoping at least 1 works out – signing both was pretty cheap insurance.

  6. phtjoey - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Unfortunately, for his wife and kids, Ribeiro is a bum. I hope he embraces this opportunity to make good for his family, himself, and the Preds.

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I dobn’t get the amount of disrecpect Nashville gets from UFA’s and high-value guys involved in trades. Nashville has solid fan support – while the metro area only has 1,757912, they materially outdraw teams from much larger areas – Dallas at 6.8 mill, Miami at 5.9, Phoenix at 4.4.

    They have a GM who’s trying to build up the team and have them be competitive, have almost 12 milll in cap space, and guys with good options say no thanks.
    Not a Preds fan, just see this as unfortunate.

    • elrock7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      When they spend to the cap, they will gain more credibility. You cant ice a quality team on the cheap. Sure they matched Webers offer sheet and pay Rinne but that’s about it.

      Whats the point of matching Webers offer sheet if you dont bring in quality to surround him? Other players obviously know this.

      The hockey culture around the Preds has always been defence, try and pick up a garbage goal here and there. Most players who have a choice would prefer a different style of hockey.

      They hire Laviolette, but didn’t bring in the right players to fit his system.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      I don’t think it’s anything against Nashville… but has more to do with the rest of the VERY difficult division. Playing for Nashville means playing more games against the Hawks, Blues, Wild, Stars and Avalanche. Not an easy assignment to sign up for. Nashville AND Winnipeg are both having a hard time this offseason.

  8. chanceoffleury - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    I feel like the Preds will either be a dark horse threat for a great upset or a hot mess next year. I can’t really see them anywhere in between. Having Weber on D; Rinne in net; Neal, Ribeiro, and Jokinen carrying the offense. That’s not a horrible lineup. I certainly wouldn’t say that it’s the foundation for a championship formula, but it’s a pretty decent group to get back off of teams’ no-trade lists. Preds have the unfortunate hand of being in the central, but they hung in there last year. Then again, that locker room has a lot of question marks. It’ll be interesting to see where they end up when April rolls around.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      you forgot Filip Forsberg has another year under his belt and other young guys Nashville always seems to conjure… if anything they have a solid player development pipeline…

  9. youngs79 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    It shows how hard up Nashville is to get players to sign there.

  10. nyrnashty - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Nice signing on the cheap! The guy is young…33 years old, he likes to party a bit, I don’t see the big deal, I would do the same getting paid that kind of money to play a sport. I don’t care if you visit hospitals, or are doing something illegal (don’t get caught), just show up on game day which he does.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      except he doesn’t show up every night, he took a whole half a season off in Washington…and if you’re 33 you should be well past the partying phase of your life, youre into “I have a real problem” phase now….plus youre that old weird guy at the bar nobody takes seriously

      • nyrnashty - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        So you’re saying I can’t go to the bar, or have fun in 9 years like the rest of people on earth? That just doesn’t sound right dude, life is a celebration! There are millions of older people partying in NYC all the time, not sure where you’re from, but it sounds like it sucks there.

      • govtminion - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Hit the bar all you want in nine years. But if it starts affecting your job performance, expect your boss to not be as happy with your boozing as you are. That’s what’s happened with Ribiero- after watching the Caps two seasons back, the difference in him between the first few weeks of the season and the last few was stunning. He was awful with a capital ‘A’ from January onward- which is fine, but not good for your job security.

  11. ronniethec - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    There are too many western conference teams getting better each year. Nashville is not one of them. Not much shot at the playoffs for the foreseeable future.

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