Found July 05, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
Jeremy Roenick fans may disagree, but you can make the argument that the Coyotes have lacked an elite, play-making center ever since they arrived in the Valley in 1996. That changed on Friday. Less than an hour after the free agency period opened, the Coyotes agreed to terms with free-agent center Mike Ribeiro on a four-year deal worth 22 million (average of 5.5 million). Ribeiro was one of the top players on the market this season. Ribeiro, 33, had 13 goals and 49 points in 48 games for the Washington Capitals last season. He played for Coyotes coach Dave Tippett for three seasons in Dallas (2006-09). The best of those seasons was 2007-08 when he had 27 goals and 83 points, but he has posted at least 34 assists in his last nine NHL seasons and has topped 40 six times in that span. With Matthew Lombardi injured much of the lockout shortened 2013 season, the Coyotes top four centers combined for 39 assists last season. You look at our roster, hes the kind of player were missing: A top centerman who is a great playmaker, Tippett said of Ribeiro. He has a creativity that is ahead of a lot of players. He can be a quirky guy, but he just has a unique ability to hold the puck, make great plays and find players in spaces. He makes plays other players cant make. The Coyotes could play Ribeiro on their top line with Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker, assuming the Coyotes can re-sign Boedker, a restricted free agent who is arbitration eligible. Ribeiros play-making ability could really help Boedker, who didnt meet offensive expectations with seven goals and 26 points in 48 games last season. You could definitely talk about a line of Ribeiro, Shane Doan and (Mikkel) Boedker, but I think we have some options with our top two groups now, Tippett said. With (Martin) Hanzal and (Radim) Vrbata, youve got some pieces to work with. The Coyotes may still be in the market for a left wing on their second line, but the prices were awfully steep on Friday, so they might take some time to assess where they are before diving into those waters. It is also possible that top pick Max Domi could get a shot on the left side. In any case, if anybody was wondering what new owners George Gosbee, Anthony LeBanc and Co. might do to prove they are committed to winning right now, the group left little doubt with this move. The Ribeiro move was easily the biggest for the Coyotes, but it wasnt the only move they made on an active day. Phoenix re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Kyle Chipchura (one year, 675,000), restricted free agent forward Lauri Korpikoski (four years, 10 million) and defenseman Michael Stone (three years) The team also signed goalie Thomas Greiss (San Jose) to a one-year, 750,000 deal to be Mike Smiths backup. The Coyotes werent happy with Jason LaBarberas play last season and elected to go in another direction after some preliminary talks with LaBarbera. LaBarbera ended up signing a one-year deal with Edmonton on Friday, but the Oilers took away a more significant piece when they signed free-agent center Boyd Gordon to a three-year deal worth a whopping 9 million, robbing Phoenix of a faceoff and shot-blocking specialist who fit extremely well in Tippetts defense-first system. It was very disappointing to lose Gordo, Tippett said. With Gordon gone, the top four Coyotes centers are Ribeiro, Hanzal, Antoine Vermette and Chipchura, who will have a chance to fill Gordons role. The Coyotes think he can, based on how effective he was when Phoenix eliminated Chicago in the first round of the playoffs in 2012. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter

Source: Coyotes sign Ribeiro to 4-year deal

A person familiar with negotiations has confirmed the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to sign free-agent forward Mike Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million contract. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Friday because the team has not announced the deal. first reported the agreement earlier in the day. Ribeiro was one of the top players available once the league...

Coyotes approaching free agency with caution

If you were expecting the Coyotes to come out of the gates swinging when free agency officially opened at 9 a.m. Arizona time on Friday, you might be disappointed. Its not that general manager Don Maloney expected no moves. Some were coming. And its not he has been told to hide the wallet by new owners George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc, and the rest of their investors. There were just...

Ribeiro signs four-year deal with Phoenix

After one season away, Mike Ribeiro is headed back to the Western Conference. He spent last season with the Washington Capitals after being traded by the Dallas Stars, the team he’d spent the previous six NHL seasons with. And now, he’s headed West again,  having signed a four-year deal worth a reported $22M, according to ESPN. Phoenix has been looking to improve an offense...

Mike Ribeiro Headed To Phoenix

“@DarrenDreger: Ribeiro to Phx is done.” — Stéphanie (@StephBourgie) July 5, 2013 added 12:43pm, 4 year / 22 M$ for Mike Ribeiro with Coyotes. #JA2013 — Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 5, 2013 Ribeiro's salary by year with PHX: $4.5M, $5.5M, $6M and $6M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013

Coyotes Add Ribeiro, Greiss; Keep Chipchura, Stone by   Jack Weber

The Phoenix Coyotes made the biggest splash of the day to this point, signing Mike Ribeiro to a four-year contract worth $22 million, carrying a cap hit of $5.5 million. The left-handed shooting centre from Montreal, Quebec is listed at 6’0″, 177 lbs and turned 33 years old back in February. He is a 13-year NHL veteran who was a [...]

Bruins Sign Chad Johnson, Nick Johnson and Matt Moore To Deals by   Steven Ellis

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender Chad Johnson, forward Nick Johnson and Matt Moore to one year deals. Chad Johnson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 125th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. During his senior year, he was the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, as well as a Hobey Baker Award finalist. At the beginning of the lockout...

Adam French: Korpikoski Remains a Yote

Per Aaron Ward, Lauri Korpikoski who was an RFA has been retained by the Coyotes. His deal consists of 4 years at 2.5 million per season. The Finn had an off year this past half season posting 6 goals and 11 points in 36 games, which was a 13 goal pace. That was shy of his previous two years as a Coyote where he scored 19 and 17 respectively. I really like this signing,...

Coyotes Keep Summers by   Jack Weber

The Phoenix Coyotes’ busy day continued, as they re-signed defenseman Chris Summers to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Summers was a first-round pick of the Coyotes back in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. However, despite being a first rounder seven years ago, the left-handed shooting native of Ann Arbor, Michigan [...]

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Coyotes make splash on first day of free agency

So, this is what it is like to have stable ownership? The Phoenix Coyotes, who were known more for their bargain shopping the past few years rather than big-time offers, got off to a strong start in the first day of free agency on Friday, signing four players and by all accounts, they don’t look like they are done yet. 

Detroit Red Wings Rumors: Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen Drawing Early Interest

The NHL free agency period doesn’t officially open until July 5, but the Detroit Red Wings spent the better part of Wednesday getting their ducks in a row prior to the expected feeding frenzy. Mlive’s Ansar Khan reports the team has put feelers out for plenty of free agent centers, such as Florida’s Stephen Weiss, Washington’s Mike Ribeiro and Minnesota’s Matt Cullen. Detroit...

Coyotes Re-Sign Korpikoski by   Jack Weber

Right before the market opened to everyone, the Phoenix Coyotes kept one of their own players off of it, signing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract worth $10 million, carrying a cap hit of $2.5 million. A first-round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (19th overall), the 27-year-old native of Turku, Finland is a [...]

Edmonton Signings

Boyd Gordon has a three-year deal with EDM and Jason LaBarbera to EDM with a one year deal. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013

Seattle’s NHL dreams squashed by Phoenix Coyotes

Similar Feeling Tuesday could have been a great day for hockey lovers in the state of Washington and, in particular, in the city of Seattle. For, though there still would have been a long process involved, the thought in the morning was that the Phoenix Coyotes would not remain in Glendale for the years to come. Excited about the potential to travel downtown and check out a Seattle...

Ference, Gordon, Labarbera, Joensuu Sign With Oilers by   Steven Ellis

The Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Boyd Gordon on a three-year deal, goaltender Jason Labarbera on a one-year deal, forward Jesse Joensuu on a two-year deal and defenceman Andrew Ference to a four-year deal. In 760 career NHL games with Boston, Calgary and Pittsburgh Ference has 37 goals, 156 assists for 193 points plus 645 penalty minutes. In 486 career NHL [...]
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