NHL free agents: Mike Ribeiro signs with Phoenix Coyotes
By Allan Muir
Free agent center Mike Ribeiro has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. Let's just hope he checked with his wife first.
The 33-year-old center was given four years and $22 million. The deal includes a partial no-trade clause.
He told TSN he had hoped to stay in Washington, but the chance to play under Dave Tippett, who coached Ribeiro previously in Dallas, was a big factor in his decision when he realized that wasn't possible.
"He knows what he can get from me and I know what he wants and I'm ready to work for that," Ribeiro said.
He revealed he'd also been in talks with Ottawa and Toronto.
Ribeiro is a devastating offensive weapon coming off a 13-26-49 season that ranks among the best of his career. He played a key role on a Washington Capitals power play that clicked at a league-best 26.8 percent. The Coyotes ranked 25th in that category last season, so he should make an immediate and significant impact on the club.