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The Nashville Predators have signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

The fact that Ribeiro will earn just $1.05 million after commanding a four-year, $22 million contract last summer speaks volumes to how severe his fall from grace has been. Ribeiro didn't have a particularly good season, but the Coyotes said they bought him out due to "behavioral issues" rather than performance ones. Perhaps that scared off other suitors, but the Predators needed a center that was worthy of playing alongside James Neal and when he's at his best, Ribeiro certainly qualifies. This could be a big bounce back season for him.

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Mike Ribeiro is expected to make a decision regarding his future this week.

Ribeiro agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract with Arizona last summer, but they bought him out after just one season. They cited "real behavioral issues" that the team "could not tolerate" as the reason. While that's concerning, Ribeiro is typically a solid top-six forward and would be a fine addition to most teams.

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The Coyotes reportedly bought Mike Ribeiro out due to "real behavioral issues" that the team "could not tolerate."

Interesting. Ribeiro ended up spending just one season with the Coyotes after signing a four-year, $22 million contract. It's worth noting that while the Coyotes are freeing up some cap space, they were not expected to come near the ceiling in the first place.

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Mike Ribeiro has been bought out by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Ribeiro only ended up spending a single season with Phoenix after they inked him to a four-year, $22 million contract. During that time, he scored 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games. This is a regular buyout as opposed to a compliance one because Ribeiro wasn't eligible for the latter, but it's moot anyways because the Coyotes aren't expected to come close to the ceiling. This was likely a move to cut costs rather than create space.

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The Phoenix Coyotes are reportedly considering buying out Mike Ribeiro.

Or Arizona Coyotes, as the case will be Friday night. Ribeiro comes with a $5.5 million annual cap hit through 2016-17, but the Coyotes aren't expected to come close to the ceiling anyways, so this would be more to save money than free up cap space. He scored 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games in 2013-14.

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Mike Ribeiro's first season with the Phoenix Coyotes left plenty to be desired.

Ribeiro had 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games in 2013-14. That's a steep decline after recording 49 points in 48 contests during the shortened season. "I think it was a lot of things," Ribeiro said. "It's not just about hockey but a lot of things. Never having my groove, never found it. It was just a hard season for me. I think it was one of my worst seasons. But . I don't believe it can get worse. That's a positive. Next year I can come here and have a better season."

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Mike Ribeiro has been unable to score in his last 10 games.

He has also been a healthy scratch of late, as coach Dave Tippett is looking for the right mix as the Coyotes are only one point out of a playoff spot despite losing their last four games in a row. "Really, 'Ribs' has to put the work in. That's the bottom line," Tippett said. "Everybody likes to rely on other players around them, but you gotta put the work in yourself first before you start looking at wingers."

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Mike Ribeiro will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game on Thursday.

Joining him in the press box again will be veteran defenseman Derek Morris. "We're trying to win, right, so it's less about who's not in and more about who's in," coach Dave Tippett said. "We're trying to play a certain way, a competitive way, and we've gotta come back with another good effort like we did the other night." Ribeiro has 15 goals and 45 points in 72 games this season.

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Coach Dave Tippett benched Mike Ribeiro on Friday after he took a misconduct for arguing with an official.

Ribeiro was given the 10 minute misconduct at the 16:10 mark of the second period and never saw the ice again, save for him skating across the ice once his misconduct was over. "He's had a couple of situations like that where his emotions have got the better of him," Tippett said. "Those are things we continue to pound away that we've got to take out of our game." Ribeiro has 14 goals and 41 points in 60 games and his misdeeds on Friday jumped his penalty minute count to 44.

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Mike Ribeiro played the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for the first time since they traded him.

Ribeiro was shipped to Washington in the summer of 2012, but because of the lockout, Eastern and Western Conference teams didn't play each other in the shortened regular season. Ribeiro became an unrestricted free agent after one season with the Capitals and signed with Phoenix. It didn't turn out to be a particularly memorable night for him though as he had a minus-two rating in 20:19 minutes of ice time.