The Phoenix Coyotes made the biggest splash of the day to this point, signing Mike Ribeiro to a four-year contract worth $22 million, carrying a cap hit of $5.5 million. The left-handed shooting centre from Montreal, Quebec is listed at 6’0″, 177 lbs and turned 33 years old back in February. He is a 13-year NHL veteran who was a second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens back in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 45th overall. In 785 games, he has 186 goals and 423 assists to go along with a plus-1 rating and 397 penalty minutes. His best season was back in 2007-2008 with the Dallas Stars, when he recorded 27 goals and 56 assists to go along with a plus-21 rating and 47 penalty minutes in 76 games, and then recorded three goals and 14 assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. However, he also is coming off a terrific season with the Washington Capitals, as he recorded 13 goals and 36 assists to go along with a minus-4 rating and 53 penalty minutes in 48 games, though in seven playoff games he had just a goal and an assist to go along with a minus-2 rating and 10 penalty minutes in seven games. For his career, he has six goals and 21 assists to go along with a minus-4 rating and 48 penalty minutes in 49 playoff games. The Coyotes are a team that lacks firepower and mightily struggled to score this season, so Ribeiro is a nice addition for them, as they’ll hope he’ll become a real top centre for them.
Meanwhile, they recently signed Mike Smith to a big contract, and now they’ve found his backup, signing left-handed catching goaltender Thomas Greiss. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Greiss, who turned 27 years old back in January, was a third-round pick of the San Jose Sharks back in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 94th overall. Listed at 6’1″, 215 lbs, the native of Fussen, Germany has 44 games of NHL experience over four years, posting as 17-16-3 record and one shutout to go along with a .912 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average. In six games this season,he went 1-4-0 with a shutout, a .915 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average.
Meanwhile, unrestricted free agent centre Kyle Chipchura was re-signed. Terms of this deal have also not yet been disclosed. Chipchura was a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens back in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 18th overall, and the left-handed shooter who turned 27 years old back in February scored five goals and nine assists to go along with a plus-1 rating and 50 penalty minutes in 46 games. The six-year NHL veteran also played for the Anaheim Ducks in addition to the Canadiens and Coyotes, and in 262 games has 18 goals and 40 assists to go along with a minus-15 rating and 211 penalty minutes. He has a goal and three assists to go along with a plus-4 rating and seven penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.
The Coyotes also re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Michael Stone to a three-year contract. In 40 games this year, Stone scored five goals and four assists to go along with a plus-2 rating and 16 penalty minutes. The right-handed shooting native of Winnipeg, Manitoba turned 23 years old last month, and is listed at 6’3″, 210 lbs. Last year, Stone scored a goal and two assists to go along with a plus-7 rating and two penalty minutes, and had a minus-2 rating in two playoff games. Stone was drafted by the Coyotes in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 69th overall.