NHL News: The Predators Sign Mike Ribeiro

Nashville Predators: The Predators have signed center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Poile said. “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.”

Ribeiro played with James Neal and Eric Nystrom in Dallas.

2 Comments

  1. Tak

    July 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Any word on why the Coyotes bought him out to begin with? They were pretty vague.

  2. ChrisB

    July 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I believe Maloney himself said it was due to behavioral issues. I have no clue how accurate this is, but I’ve read that Ribiero was late for practices, missed meetings, missed buses and even got in a shouting match with Tippett in the locker room after a game.

    At the time of the buy-out, here was some speculation that he was having some marital problems at the time which more than likely played a part in the behaviour problems Tippett mentions.
    Ribeiro did shed some light on it at his signing press conference:

    “Speaking during a news conference at Bridgestone Arena after the Predators announced his signing, Ribeiro talked about Maloney’s comments, said he had addressed his issues and was going to marriage counseling with his wife Tamara.

    “I had a chance to really focus on myself and really learn about myself,” Ribeiro said. “That’s why I’m comfortable. What Mr. Maloney said – it shocked some people, my wife wasn’t happy about it. I sat down, thought about it. I’m comfortable with myself now. I’m open with what happened or didn’t happen with our marriage issues, and really I think I’m comfortable with it and not trying to hide it.”

    “I was not committed to my job because of my issues. I just wanted the year to be over so I could go work on them and be a healthy person,” Ribeiro said. “I think my head is really clear. I have my family with me right now, and we’re ready to move forward.”