The Nashville Predators signed Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts Tuesday.
Ribeiro will make $1.05 million and Roy signed for $1 million.
“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” general manager David 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.”
“Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young, developing wingers,” Poile said. “He has played in a number of roles, averaging about 19 minutes of ice time throughout his career, and is effective on the power play. He provides our coaching staff with some added skill and maturity down the middle when putting together our lineup for the coming season.”
Ribeiro, 34, was an unrestricted free agent after the Arizona Coyotes bought out the final three years of the four-year, $22 million contract. Roy was also a UFA after playing for the St. Louis Blues on a one-year, $4 million contract last season.
Ribeiro’s off-ice concerns led to his early exit from Arizona, while Roy was available because he had a subpar season in St. Louis.
Ribeiro had 47 points in 80 games last season.
“It’s well known that Ribeiro had some off-ice situations that he had to take care of. He has done that,” Poile said, via NHL.com. “He and his family were separated and now they’re back together. He and his wife [Tammy] and three kids [Mikael, Noah and Viktoria] are trying to make a new life, want to make a new life for themselves here in Nashville.”
“We can’t have a distraction on our team. We can’t have something that’s affecting our franchise,” Poile said. “Mike and his wife realize that. There is no tolerance for off-ice issues. This clearly is really his last chance.”
Ribeiro expressed his appreciation to Poile and the Predators for giving him this opportunity.
“I’m committed to have a good year. I’m committed to my job,” Ribeiro said. “Last year, it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go in Phoenix. I had personal issues. I was separated during the year. I didn’t really see my children during the year. I think that made me not focus on my job. I was really not focused and committed to my job because of my issues. I just wanted the year to be over so I could go and work on them, be a healthy person. I think I’ve done that this summer.
“My head is really clear,” he continued. “I have my family with me right now and we’re ready to move forward. I’m really glad that I have the chance to come here and prove to everyone that I can still play, that I am a good person, and that I’m committed to my family and the team too. I’m glad that I have a chance to do that.”
The Predators signed Ribeiro because he has 619 points in 749 games over the past 10 seasons, including a career-high 83 points in 2007-08 with the Dallas Stars.
Roy is coming off a season in which he had 37 points in 75 games. He was a healthy scratch for two of their six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I was always used to playing 19-20 minutes [per game] and to get down to 13 or 10, it’s definitely tough,” said Roy, who averaged 13:37 of ice time per game. “That was one of the things I looked at, where could I go somewhere where I could play to get back to the player I used to be. Nashville was one of the teams and they were there since the start. Hopefully down the road it’s going to be real good for us.”