The Nashville Predators have signed center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In a press release announcing the signing Predators GM David Poile claims he’s done “due diligence” and believe Ribeiro, who was bought out by the Arizona Coyotes over “behavioral issues”, can contribute to their team. He’s got a good point, for the 34-year-old center collected 31 assists and 47 points in 80 games with the Coyotes last season. During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign he had 49 points in 48 games.
With Mike Fisher out four-to-six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Preds needed an experienced center for their top two lines. Having added sniper James Neal via trade in June, Ribeiro is likely to be Neal’s set-up man.
If Ribeiro’s received appropriate counselling for his issues, he can be a good short-term addition for the Predators. It will also give him an opportunity to resurrect his image, which has taken a beating since his buyout by the Coyotes.