Nothing new between Preds and Ribeiro, who’ll talk with other teams


Another pending free agent is going to field interest from other teams.

Mike Ribeiro, who’s been stuck in negotiations with the Nashville Predators, will begin to listen to interest from other teams as the window for UFAs to speak with various NHL clubs is now open.

Per the Tennessean, agent Don Meehan said there’s nothing new to report between his client and Nashville. Ribeiro is looking for a deal with term, and previously told the Predators that he won’t accept another one-year contract.

The 35-year-old is in a precarious situation. While he enjoyed a good bounce-back season with Nashville after getting bought out by the Coyotes — 62 points in 82 games, finishing 12th in the NHL in assists — Ribeiro has some character and commitment concerns, and is currently embroiled in a civil sexual assault lawsuit.

Ribeiro played last season on a one-year, $1.05M deal.

Get to know a draft pick — Mathew Barzal

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Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from former Minnesota Wild scout Mark Seidel, who currently serves as the president of North American Central Scouting.

Mathew Barzal (C)

Height: 5’11 Weight: 175 Shoots: Right

Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 11 among North American Skaters

What kind of player is he?

Skill and speed are two things that come highly valued in today’s NHL, and Barzal boasts both.

The playmaking forward is also a “student of the game,” as this Sportsnet piece attests; he watches hours of NHL video of skaters he hopes to emulate, from Patrick Kane to Pavel Datsyuk.

Of course, NHL teams have to worry a bit about how his skating ability – generally believed to be among the best in the field – may be affected by a knee injury he suffered while “horsing around” in November. As reports, he spent much of his many interviews insisting that his knee has healed, but such issues may stand as a red flag for certain scouts and executives.

Barzal’s stock may have taken a hit, yet his dangerous offensive abilities argue that he could be a steal if he does slip down the board a bit. Really, falling ever so slightly in the first round may be the best thing for his development, as it seems like he could add a little weight to his frame.

Seidel says:

“Following a tremendous rookie campaign with WHL Seattle, Barzal came into his draft year looking like a surefire top-10 pick. Injuries, though, hampered his sophomore season, though he did finish the year off with a fantastic performance at the U-18 World Championship with Team Canada. Barzal is a slick offensive player with tremendous vision; along with his offensive skill set, he’s shown an ability to play hard consistently and battle physically. In the scouting world, we love to see kids play well at the end of the year — based on his effort at the U-18s in Switzerland, he will be highly coveted.”NHL comparable: Kyle Turris/Mike Ribeiro

For more 2015 NHL Draft profiles, click here.

New details emerge in lawsuit against Mike Ribeiro


Details in the sexual assault civil lawsuit against Mike Ribeiro have emerged from documents filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court.

On the Forecheck has the details of the interactions between Ribeiro and his former nanny dating back to 2012 while he was a member of the Dallas Stars.

Ribeiro continues to deny the allegations through his lawyer Brian Lauten.

“Mike and (wife) Tamara Ribeiro deny these allegations and will confront their accuser in a court of law,” Lauten said in a statement to The Tennessean. “In the meantime, heeding my advice, they will not be making any further comments. Mike is dedicated to being the best hockey player he can be and attempting to try this case outside the courtroom does a disservice to all parties.”

According to a report in March, Ribeiro’s former nanny is seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Ribeiro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Preds last summer after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes.

The Tennessean reports that Ribeiro made Predators’ GM David Poile aware of the allegations at the time of his signing.

The Predators refused to comment on the new details in the case referring to a statement made in March.

Ribeiro is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

Adam Vingan reports that negotiations between Ribeiro and the Preds are on going.

“Mike Ribeiro, that’s one of the best stories of the year,” Poile said in May. “A real rebirth of his career. … He couldn’t be happier. His family couldn’t be happier here. His kids are in school; they’re all doing well. They love the whole area of Nashville. … I’d like to get that done.”

Report: Riberio seeking a multi-year deal from Preds


Predators GM David Poile has expressed interest in keeping pending unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro in Nashville.

However, Ribeiro’s agent Don Meehan told Adam Vingan of the Tennessean on Tuesday that his client is seeking a multi-year deal.

“We would want something longer than one year,” Meehan said.

Ribeiro signed a one-year $1.05 million deal with the Preds last July.

The 35-year-old scored 15 goals and 62 points in 82 games for the Preds in 2014-15 while averaging nearly 19 minutes a night in ice time. He added a goal and four helpers in six playoff games.

“I’d love to be back with the Predators next season,” Ribeiro said following the season.

The Preds inked Ribeiro to a deal last summer after the Arizona Coyotes bought him out.

Weber says he should be ready for Preds’ training camp


Perhaps the Nashville Predators face a few “What ifs?” considering the fact that Shea Weber got injured during their series against the Chicago Blackhawks, yet it doesn’t sound like they’ll need to play without him to start the 2015-16 season.

Weber told the Tennessean that his rehab from a knee injury (and eventual surgery) is going smoothly.

In fact, it sounds like the 29-year-old is on track to participate in Predators training camp.

“Just going to obviously try to find out from the doctor and see what he thinks, and if it’s ready to go, then we’ll go when he says it is,” Weber said. “I think there’s no question that I should be ready for training camp.”

That’s promising for Nashville.

The question is: how many players from the 2014-15 team will join him?

Predators GM David Poile more or less admitted that Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli will not be back. Unrestricted free agents Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher are big considerations, while RFAs such as Colin Wilson and Craig Smith should get raises. The team has up-and-comers alongside Weber on defense and ample space to make improvements.

In other words, Weber should have help next season, but we’ll see how much he receives. Either way, a fully healthy Weber would obviously make a huge difference for Nashville.