Nashville Predators Sign Ribeiro, Roy

Tuesday morning the Nashville Predators announced the signings of two veteran centers.

Mike Ribeiro signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.05M, and Derek Roy signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.0M. The Preds needed to add depth at the position when Mike Fisher was lost for 4-6 months to a torn Achilles.

Ribeiro, 34, scored 16 goals with 31 assists in 80 games for Phoenix last year. He was bought out by the Coyotes one year into a four-year, $22M contract because of “behavioral issues.”

Roy, 31, will play for his fifth organization in four years when he skates with Nashville the season. After spending eight years in Buffalo, Roy has been traded to Dallas in 2012 and then to Vancouver at the deadline in 2013 before signing a one-year deal with St. Louis for last season. With the Blues, Roy posted nine goals and 28 assists in 75 games.

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20 Responses to Nashville Predators Sign Ribeiro, Roy

  1. Tim G says:

    That is really good value. While they may not have “tons left in the tank”… to get both for less than the cap hit we have on Versteeg, I think they did pretty good for themselves. The Central is going to be a hell of a grind this year…

    and not to side track or anything, but i wanted to kick this around on here… there are some Tyler Myers rumors floating around (hockeybuzz, so take that what its worth) and I wanted to see what the braintrust here thinks of this. People were very down on a possible Sharp/Myers deal. I posted the below paragraphs on that site as well. (Let me interject and I dont think it will happen, and I think Sharp is a valuable piece to a cup run this year. Not to mention Sharps no trade clause… But that said…)

    My opinion is that I think Myers would be a very fair return for a guy like Sharp, especially if know we may need to cut cap for next year, and we can dump other cap for this year while at it. Say like Sharp, Versteep, Oduya, Rosival for Myers, Torrey Mitchell, and a Low prospect/Pick. Myers and Mitchell are both marginally cheaper than Versteeg and Sharp saving you money there, and then you dump Oduya and Rosivals saleries out right. That would give us cap ROOM to even add if needed at the deadline.

    That gives us 29/19/81, 20/Richards/88, and some combo of Shaw/Kruger/Smith/Morin/Mitchell/Regin/Nordstrom on the Bottom 6 with 2/7, 4/Myers, 8/Clendening. That would be the best D Corp in the league by FAR. Also, Myers would effectively replace Seabrook when 7’s contract is up and Johns can come into the roster as a replacement to the bottom 4 as opposed to having to “replace seabs”.

  2. JS says:

    Kind of look at these guys as low risk/high reward. Sure, they are problems in the dressing room and their production has certainly slipped, but if they have a good season on a 1 year deal, they might be able to return some value at the trade deadline. Kind of like what the Cubs have been doing with pitchers.

  3. EbonyRaptor says:

    Who knows – they may give the Preds something and for the cost it’s basically no risk from the Preds perspective – except whatever Ribiero’s problem is that compelled Phoenix to buy him out and publicly state it was for personal reasons – that could be a problem but even though I don’t know what the problem was – I have to assume Nashville mgmt does and feel it’s not going to be a problem and even if it is they can cut him lose for basically nothing.

  4. EbonyRaptor says:

    Tim G – can’t see how Myers makes sense for the Hawks. They will need to get rid of a lot of salary next summer and essentially swapping Sharp’s cap hit for Myers don’t help and in fact would make it more difficult next summer. Not to mention Myers hasn’t been as good after his rookie year and the jury is still out if he ever turns into a true #1/#2 d-man.

    The Hawks need to have one or two of their prospect d-men matriculate to the NHL this season and another 1 or 2 next season and be able to get some ELC years out of them. That would be Plan-A in how to keep the Hawks a top team while navigating the salary cap for the next few season.

  5. Tab Bamford says:

    re: low/no risk – the Coyotes just tossed Ribeiro out after the first year of a 4 year, $22M deal because he’s a cancer. They couldn’t get rid of him fast enough… and couldn’t find anyone to take him. If you ask me, that’s a significant risk. There’s a reason he’s making 20% of what should-have-been his salary in 2014-15.

    Roy was a name lots of Hawks fans liked a couple years ago but he never landed here. These are 2 guys who will likely produce a little offense for Nashville w/ Laviolette as coach, but aren’t game-changers. Roy for $1M is nice value; I wouldn’t take Ribeiro for free.

    re: Tyler Myers rumors – The Blackhawks have 7 defensemen on their NHL roster, 2-4 who are *this close* to the NHL in Rockford, and they’re over the cap – but they’re going to have interest in an underwhelming guy (31 pts in 101 gms the last 2 years) w/ 5 years left on a contract w/ a $5.5M cap hit. Logic just laughed and told whomever wrote that to stop drinking the bong water.

  6. JS says:

    Tab- it’s a million dollars and they aren’t a cap ceiling team. If he gives them trouble, they can cut him without skipping a beat. If he realizes he needs to stop being a butthole to get another contract, he has value.

  7. Morgzie says:

    I’m confused about all the energy wanting to get rid of Sharp. He had a tough SCP, but getting rid of him to free up money to add someone at the deadline? I don’t see that as a very good value proposition.

    I’m curious how Bowman will free up the cap space, but I think another year of Sharp is the best shot we have at another Cup run.

    And what would all the ladies do with out his good looks? Just kidding.

  8. Sr. Brad says:

    Agreed JS, very low risk for Nashville because if there is an issue with Ribeiro they just cut him and no major consequences…Roy is nice value at 1 million…both will help a team who’s goaltender finished 3rd in scoring (almost).

  9. Mike says:

    I was on the Roy wagon about 18 months ago. He is a guy that plays with heart and would have added some physicality to the middle…..allow Shaw to play wing. Oh well.

  10. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I’ll go on record and say Ribeiro has 60-70 points this season w Nashville and scores himself a new deal the following year. He is a 1st line talent(w a bad attitude and personal demons) and partnered w James Neal will probably have 40-50 assists and have solid power play numbers. Excellent low risk high reward move for smashville and David Poile IMO. Another talented player coming to the toughest division in the NHL.

  11. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Roy’s been bad since Buffalo, I’m not sure why this guy keeps getting signed.

  12. Just a Fan says:

    Matt Cullen 37 (’nuff said)
    Ollie Jokinen 35 (as fast as steam off a turd, Richards makes him look like a pylon)
    Mike Ribeiro 34 (cancer spreads)
    Mike Fisher 34 (injured)
    Paul Gaustad 32 (take the face off, get off the ice)
    Derek Roy 31
    Craig Smith 24
    Colin Wilson 24

    Holy Schneikees! They’re going to need a revolving door at the bench and in the training room.

  13. Mike says:

    The honeymoon with Ribeiro will last for about 50 games

  14. Sr. Brad says:

    Scrimmage at camp today…2-1 final score…Hayden had 2 goals and 2 fights…big time player this kid…nice interview with him as well…see all the highlights and interviews with this link…

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=99090&navid=DL|CHI|home

  15. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Nashville is taking a very low risk flyer on Ribiero. They get all the upside, and if he is a problem once again or sucks then they simply waive him goodbye. Not a bad risk in my book, plus with classy veteran leaders in Weber, Gaustad and Fisher around he won’t dare get out of line. Roy is a nice signing too and I bet they get a good bang for the buck.

  16. Dickie Dunn says:

    ** OFF TOPIC ** but, any information will be appreciated.

    My sister and nephew are attending their first Fan Convention (I have never…). I suspect some here could provide some help she asked – what to expect, player access etc.?

    Thank you!

  17. Sr. Brad says:

    Honestly Dickie, just go to the Blackhawks official NHL website and they have a special page for the convention with all the information including dates, break down of daily activities and times.

  18. Dickie Dunn says:

    Sr. Brad, thank you – I will pass that along. I have no experience with that/never checked-out convention info.

  19. RyanDale says:

    imo, Leddy is better than Myers, all things considered. And no way that guy is ever going to be on the roster while making Dunc money. Bong water with LSD25.

  20. Very good post, i certainly love this site, keep it up.

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