If this news day wasn’t exciting or frantic enough there is yet another twist to deliver. The Nashville Predators placed Mike Ribeiro on waivers yesterday following news that he demanded a trade. He has since cleared waivers and has been assigned by the Predators to the Milwaukee Admirals.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, TN – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has activated defenseman Roman Josi from injured reserve and assigned forward Mike Ribeiro to Milwaukee (AHL).
Josi has missed the previous nine games due to injury. He has earned 22 points (5g-17a) in 42 games this season, and is third on the team in power-play points with nine. Josi ranks 10th among NHL defensemen and fourth in the team in shots on goal (124). He is first on the team – and ninth in the NHL – in average time on ice per game (25:14).
The Preds return to the ice tonight against Detroit at Bridgestone Arena. The game will be televised at 7:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Tennessee and can be heard on the Predators’ flagship radio station, 102.5 The Game.
Whether or not Ribeiro reports to the Admirals is the next question that crops up. What you would ideally hope for is that the 36-year old Montréal native joins the group, plays a veteran leadership role, and does well enough at the AHL level that it carriers him back up to where he would prefer to be playing. That’s is a question mark though.
Ribeiro has 25 points (4 goals, 21 assists) in 46 games with the Predators this season. In his NHL career he has played 1,074 games while contributing 793 points (228 goals, 565 assists). He has played 103 career games in the AHL where he has 90 point (35 goals, 55 assists). His last AHL games came during the 2002-03 season and he only played 3 games in that time.
The Admirals are on the road playing against the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight at 6:00 PM CST. It’s unclear at this point if Ribeiro will be joining the team tonight or at all.
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