|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on July 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM|
Just about everybody in the Western Conference has been on a mission this off-season to beef up the middle of the ice, this all comes as a result of how the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this past season.
Today, the Nashville Predators played their part, signing veteran centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy. Both players are looking to get their careers back on track, but also about something left in the tank. These contracts are both low risk and could have extremely high rewards. Derek Roy will be making $1 million while Ribeiro is slated to make $1.05 million.
“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” 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.” Ribeiro, 34 has amassed 656 points (202g-454a) in 865 career NHL games.
“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.” Roy, 31 has recorded 492 points (177g-315a) in 666 career NHL regular-season games with Buffalo, Dallas, Vancouver and St. Louis since 2003-04. The Ottawa native is a four-time 60-point, 20-goal scorer.
After missing the postseason by just three points last campaign the Nashville Predators have made the type of quality additions it takes to be a playoff team again. The Preds have shown an outstanding ability to make the playoffs throughout team history; for a franchise that does not get much national attention because they are in a so-called non-traditional hockey market. They are team built on great defense and with the new additions on offense. It should be no surprise if they are competitive again in the upcoming year.