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Preds do ‘due diligence’ and sign Ribeiro — one year, $1.05 million

Jul 15, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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Whatever “behavioral issues” Mike Ribeiro had with the Coyotes weren’t enough to dissuade the Nashville Predators from signing the 34-year-old center to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Preds general manager David Poile said in a release. “We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute.”

The signing of Ribeiro comes on the heels of last week’s news that center Mike Fisher had ruptured his Achilles during an offseason training session and would be out for the next 4-6 months.

With the Preds looking to play more of an offense-oriented game under new coach Peter Laviolette, Ribeiro will provide new winger James Neal a center who’s racked up 454 assists in 865 career NHL games. Ribeiro may not be Jason Spezza, but he’s still a decent playmaker, at a low cost to boot.

By the way, there’s also been plenty of speculation the Preds could be signing center Derek Roy, so stay tuned for possible news on that.

Related: Coyotes buy out Ribeiro

  1. hines86for6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Great value signing. One mill is very cheap.

    • gbrim - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Played his way off of a team coached by one of his former biggest fans (Tippett), caused by both on-ice and off-ice issues. Low cost signing? Absolutely. Great value signing? Time will tell………

  2. govtminion - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    “Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played… wait. “has produced but been offensive everywhere he has played. Sorry… Man, I shouldn’t sign these guys before my morning coffee, huh?”

    Nah, for that money, that’s a damned good signing.

  3. pfhockey - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Wow, did not see him getting as low as 1 mil. Good signing for the preds.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      1 mill and that big buyout pay check from Arizona for the next few years..

      • pfhockey - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        True but he probably could’ve gotten more.

  4. stakex - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    For all his issues, Ribeiro still puts up pretty solid numbers. So long as he isn’t a serious locker room problem, this should be a great signing for the Preds.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    He will fit in perfectly with Neal – Neal can deliver the cheap shot and Ribeiro can flop around on the ice.

    I wonder if they consulted Ribeiro’s wife to make sure she is okay with a million dollars to live in Nashville for a year. The poor thing.

    • hockey412 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Because we all know Boston doesn’t have players that take cheap shots and certainly no one that would ever flop around on the ice.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Time to see a doctor about that obsession.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      nice, I remember ripping her for that a couple years ago…

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Last year actually but I know its been a long couple of summers for you so it seems like a couple of years…

      • jpelle82 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM


    • hines86for6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      clearly you dont know jack about Nashville.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        I love Nashville. She was complaining about not knowing where they would be living last summer when he didn’t have a contract. I think it would be a great place to live personally.

    • hines86for6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      i misunderstood you. my fault.

  6. rbbbaron - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Poile > Holland

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Peter Laviolette< Mike Babcock

      • musamonster - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Don’t worry, Babs will be gone next summer…

  7. nobandwagoners - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Riberio is a relatively low risk signing, the risk being whether or not he finally is ready and able to turn around the off-ice issues which could always spill over into how he plays and fits into the team. Good signing for a low amount.

    Derek Roy, on the other hand, would be throwing away good money. Roy’s bounced from team-to-team the last few years as, IMO, teams are intrigued by his skill but his ability to actually put up good offensive numbers is less than stellar.

  8. leepetertk - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy sure don’t match up well against centres in LA, SJ, ANA, STL, COL, DAL. It will be very hard for Nashville to be competitive against these teams again.

  9. hanspard - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Roy was worthless on the Blues last year. Pass.

  10. sjrulz17 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Despite all the negativity towards Roy and his low point production since Buffalo, Lavy could turn this guy around and could help a Preds team that lacks depth at center. Maybe more competition could even push Cullen, Smith and Jokinen to be better with the later being pretty difficult to do.

    • hines86for6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I think that Smith stays on the wing for at least another year. He had a breakout year with 25 goals, so you don’t wanna rock the boat so to speak.

  11. nyrnashty - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I don’t care what people do off the ice as long as they can play…good signing!

  12. barkar942 - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Not a Ranger! Yea!

  13. phxyotes - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    I’d rather blow a million on some party animal that can still play. Unlike the Ducks who wasted 1 million on a guy who’s clearly done.

  14. rsmaggiemae - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    The Preds and the Panthers have signed all these new players, some are good, some are fair, but the big question is ARE THEY THE RIGHT PLAYERS

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