MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday the signing of center Mike Ribeiro and defenseman Jean-Philippe Ctt to one-year contracts. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mike Ribeiro, 26, ended the 2005-06 season, his sixth in the NHL, with 51 points in 79 games (16 goals, 35 assists) and 36 penalty minutes. He ranked third among Canadiens players with eight power play goals in 2005-06. In his NHL career, Ribeiro, a 6-foot, 175-pound center, has played in 276 games, all with the Canadiens, collecting 50 goals and 103 assists for a total of 153 points and 92 penalty minutes. He enjoyed his most productive season in 2003-04, when he scored 20 goals and added 45 assists for a total of 65 points in 81 games, all career bests. The Montreal native was the Canadiens' second round pick, 45th overall, at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Ctt, 24, completed the 2005-06 season with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 113 penalty minutes in 61 games with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound defenseman played in eight games with the Canadiens in 2005-06. He totalled four penalty minutes and posted a plus-2 rating. Ctt, a native of Quebec City, signed as a free agent with the Canadiens on August 19, 2004.