Nashville Inks Ribeiro, Roy
Nashville may have just signed the two biggest bargains of the offseason. Early Tuesday, exactly two weeks after free agency started, Nashville inked centers Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one year deals, Roy to a 1m dollar contract and Ribeiro to a 1.05m dollar contract. Roy split time with Dallas, Vancouver, and St. Louis over the past two seasons, and Ribeiro spent time in Washington and Phoenix in that time.
Although Ribeiro has experienced behavioral issues over his career, he is still a very skilled center. Although not the top center Nashville needed, he and Roy bridge the gap they had a center. Ribeiro notched 47 points in 80 games last year, the 5 the straight year he has played in over 70 games (played all 48 in lockout year). Ribeiro displays a sick set of hands and playmaking ability, and can play the wing under certain circumstances. He will help in the shootout as well.
Derek Roy was the other move of the day. Although tailing off the past few years, Roy is still a point every other game player, with 37 points in 75 games last year. Roy is another playmaker, with 28 of those points being assists with 9 goals. Roy will be a good #2 or #3 center, and has floated around an even rating for the past few seasons.
The most important thing is that Nashville gets it’s much needed offensive depth that they lacked, especially at center. Ribeiro and Roy fill in for Spaling and Honrqvist’s departed offense, along with James Neal on the first line. With a healthy Pekka Rinne, this team could be dangerous.