Predators sign Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy to one-year deals

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – The Nashville Predators have bolstered their roster by signing veterans Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts Tuesday.

The Predators have signed Ribeiro and Roy to contracts worth $1.05 million and $1 million, respectively.

“It’s low risk with hopefully a higher reward,” Nashville general manager David Poile said in explaining the moves.

Poile said Ribeiro and Roy approached the Predators because of the opportunity they saw with the holes Nashville had down the middle.

“They see an opportunity. That’s good,” Poile said. “We know there are a lot of good things with our team. We feel good about our goaltender and our defense, but our forwards need to produce more, need to be better.”

The Predators signed the two veterans at a bargain price following their sub-par plays last season. Also, Ribiero had some off-ice concerns that led to his early exit from the Arizona Coyotes.

The 34-year-Ribeiro became an unrestricted free agent after the Coyotes bought out the final three years of the four-year, $22 million contract he signed last summer.

Roy was also a UFA after playing for the St. Louis Blues on a one-year, $4 million contract last season.

Ribeiro had 47 points in 80 games, his least productive full season since 2002-03, when he had 17 points in 52 games with the Montreal Canadiens.

Roy is coming off his least productive full season since he scored 19 points in 49 games as a rookie in 2003-04. He had 37 points in 75 games with the Blues last season. He was a healthy scratch for two of their six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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