GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Let's have a show of hands for those who still wonder whether the Coyotes' free-agent signing of Mike Ribeiro was a wise move.
Through 10 games, the Coyotes' prized offseason acquisition has five goals and four assists, all of them coming in his last seven games. But it's not just the fact that he's nearing a point-per-game pace, and it's not just that the Coyotes are 5-1-1 in those past seven games.
"He finds ways to have an effect on the game," coach Dave Tippett said.
How is this for impact? Of Ribeiro's nine points this season, seven have come on game-tying or go-ahead goals and three of his nine points have come on the goal that won a game.
That was the case again on Tuesday, when Ribeiro rescued the Coyotes from a late-game collapse by burying Keith Yandle's pinpoint, cross-ice feed for the game-winner in Phoenix's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena.
"A lot of my career has been like that with tying goals or getting the lead," said R...