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.
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