Mike Ribeiro – 63
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
How Acquired: Signed to a one-year contract on July 15
Former Clubs: Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Arizona Coyotes
NHL Totals: 865 GP, 202 G, 454 A, 656 PTS, 449 PIM
Fun Facts: Nickname is "Ribz" … Favorite movie is Inception; Favorite artist is Jay-Z; Favorite vacation spot is Turks and Caicos.
Analysis: Ribeiro has been a crafty playmaker with an impressive set of hands throughout his entire career. He’s registered five 60-plus point seasons in the NHL and has tallied 40-plus assists on six occasions. Ribeiro played with forward James Neal (also new to the Predators) during his time in Dallas, and the two will likely get a chance to play together this season in Nashville. Ribeiro should easily fit in the Predators top-six forward group.
What They’re Saying:
Ribeiro: “I always liked to play in Nashville. It was always hard to play against [the Predators] and in [Bridgestone Arena] so it’ll be nice to wear that Gold jersey. I’m just anxious for the season… There’s a lot of talent on this team, and it’s a matter of getting together and moving forward.”
David Poile: “Mike is a talented, veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played. 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.”
Photo credit: John Russell