- Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves
- Written by Michael Amato
The fantasy impact of the Predators signing Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy
Fantasy Impact: The Nashville Predators have signed forward Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05-million contract and forward Derek Roy to a one-year, $1-million deal.
The Predators get: A playmaking center that will be trying to get his career back on track in Ribeiro. The Coyotes bought Ribeiro out because of behaviour issues and that’s likely why he received a minimal contract. If Ribeiro is properly motivated and has a talented winger at his side, he can still be a 60-point player.
Since 2003-04 he’s posted 431 assists, which is the eighth highest total in the league. He’s also proved his durability as he’s played in the 10th most games among forwards during that stretch.
In Roy they are also acquiring another player with something to prove. His point totals have taken a drastic hit in recent years and Roy is a far cry 70-point guy he once was.
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The Ribeiro move is another one that hints toward a culture change in Nashville. He’s not the type of player the Preds would have typically gone after in the past. Peter Laviolette brings a more offensive style behind the bench and Ribeiro should fit into that.
The moves were probably made because center Mike Fisher figures to miss a large chunk of the season because of Achilles surgery. You’d now have to think Ribeiro centers the top group alongside James Neal and another winger while Olli Jokinen drops into the two hole. If those two perform well while Fisher is out, he could find himself sliding down the depth chart upon his return to the lineup. Ribeiro and Neal played together from time to time in Dallas and the sniper will benefit from playing with the setup man.
This likely means Roy will be fighting for a center spot on the bottom six, given the log jam at the position all of a sudden. Matt Cullen was supposed to get a chance to return to center after closing out last year as a winger, but he is likely to stick at the left side now, considering Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson are also on the roster. Although, Wilson saw time with Fisher and Hornqvist last season, so if he ends up with Ribeiro and Neal that would be huge for his value.
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