Friday, July 5, 2013
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Mike Ribeiro (pronounced Rih-BAIR-roh) to a four-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled to sign Mike to a multi-year contract,” Maloney said. “Mike is an elite playmaker who has exceptional vision and creativity on the ice. He has tremendous offensive skills with great patience with the puck. Our Head Coach, Dave Tippett, is very familiar with Mike’s game and believes he will be an excellent addition to our hockey club. We look forward to welcoming him to Phoenix.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound center has recorded 186-423-609 in 785 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals. In 49 career Stanley Cup playoff games he has posted 6-21-27.
Last season the Montreal, Quebec native ranked second on the Capitals in scoring with 13-36-49 in 48 games. He ranked 12th overall in the NHL in scoring and was fifth in assists. Ribeiro also led the NHL in power-play assists (21) in 2012-13 and tied for the NHL lead in power-play points (27) with Alexander Ovechkin.
Prior to last year’s shortened season, Ribeiro was one of 12 active NHL players to record eight-consecutive 50-point seasons. In 2011-12 with Dallas, he ranked tied for second on the Stars in scoring with 18-45-63 in 74 games. His 45 assists ranked tied for first on the team. It marked the fifth time in his 13-year NHL career he posted 60 or more points.
The 33-year-old Ribeiro recorded career highs in goals (27), assists (56), points (83) and plus/minus (+21) in 76 games with Dallas in 2007-08 under current Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett. He went on to post 3-14-17 in 18 playoff games that season in helping the Stars to the Western Conference Final. He also appeared in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
Ribeiro was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the second round (45th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.