The Nashville Predators continue to remain hopeful that they can come to terms with pending unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro.
According to the Tennessean, Preds’ GM David Poile presented Ribeiro’s camp with an offer and a deadline to accept.
“We have offered Mike a contract,” Poile said on Tuesday. “We’ve had some negotiations in the last couple of days but have not been able to come to an agreement. I really think it’s going to happen or not happen (Tuesday). I’m hopeful that it does. We want him back, but we’ll have to see how negotiations go in that area.”
Ribeiro signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with Nashville last summer after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes.
In 82 games last season the 35-year-old scored 15 goals and 62 points.
Nashville is interested in bringing Ribeiro back despite the fact that he is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit filed by his former nanny, who claims that Ribeiro sexually assaulted her in 2012.
“Last year before we signed Mike, we talked to he and his family a lot about his past and I guess you could say his plan and his commitment for moving forward for both on and off the ice,” Poile said. “As it turned out, I think Mike was a good teammate and he was a productive player. I don’t think anybody would argue with that. I think he was great among his teammates, and his wife and he were excellent in the community.
“This civil suit was filed in March, and at that time and now, we do not think it’s appropriate to comment since this case is in the legal process. I think it’s more important to point out once again this is a civil case and there have (been) no criminal charges filed or alleged.”
If Ribeiro and the Preds don’t come to terms on a new deal, he is eligible to hit the open market on Wednesday.
Pending unrestricted free agent Cody Franson has spoken with “half a dozen” teams, agent Gerry Johannson tells PHT.
Since Thursday, pending UFAs have been allowed to have dialogue with other teams leading into July 1.
Franson’s one-year, $3.3 million deal is set to expire, making him a UFA for the first time in his career.
“Just tire-kicking. General stuff,” Johannson said of the talks. “We already know who the teams are that would need someone like Cody anyway. The conversations have been pretty light.”
With a total of 28 right-shot defenseman expected to hit the open market on Wednesday, per Generalfanager.com, Franson, along with Washington Capitals blue liner Mike Green, are expected to be highly coveted in free agency.
Johannson believes Jeff Petry’s new six-year, $33 million extension is the right “ballpark” for his client as he heads into the open market. Petry’s deal includes a full no-movement clause in the first three years of the deal and a 15-team no-trade clause for the final three years.
Franson appeared in 78 games split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators during the 2014-15 season, registering seven goals and 29 assists while averaging 19:38 in ice time.
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Cody Hodgson and Viktor Stalberg have been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
According to Capfriendly.com, Hodgson’s buyout will cost the Sabres $6.3 million over the next eight years. Hodgson will count against Buffalo’s cap until the 2022-23 season. His buyout will carry a cap hit of $1.041 million during the 2014-15 season and will cost the Sabres $791,667 in each of the final four seasons.
Hodgson has four years remaining on his six-year, $25.5 million deal, which carries a cap hit of $4.25 million.
The 25-year-old scored six goals and seven assists to go along with a minus-28 rating in 78 games last season.
He is one season removed from a career-high 20-goal, 44-point campaign.
Stalberg appeared in 25 games with the Preds during the 2014-15 season scoring two goals and eight assists. The 29-year-old added 11 goals and six assists in 20 American Hockey League games with the Milwaukee Admirals.
He has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $12 million deal with a cap hit of $3 million.
Per Capfriendly.com, the buyout will cost Nashville $4.7 million over the next four years. Stalberg will account for $666,667 against the cap in each of the next two seasons. He will have a cap hit of $1.2 million each of the final two seasons of the buyout.
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It seems very likely that forward Viktor Stalberg has played in his last game with the Nashville Predators given that he was waived on Wednesday.
Nothing is set in stone yet though.
“We’re talking to a couple teams about possibly making a trade,” Poile told the Tennessean. “Thought that if that was going to happen, it might have happened (Saturday) … there’s also the possibility that we could buy him out.”
Stalberg has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $12 million contract and given that he’s already cleared waivers, Nashville would presumably need to sweeten the pot in order to move him. A buyout would cost them roughly $4.7 million against the cap over the next four seasons, so the Predators should be motivated sellers.
One potential trading partner could be the Toronto Maple Leafs, per TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.
When Nashville signed Stalberg, it was with the hopes that he could bolster their offense while playing a bigger role than he had been in Chicago. Instead, Stalberg averaged just 12:35 minutes per game in 2013-14 and spent part of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Predators forward Rich Clune cleared unconditional waivers on Sunday and will likely be bought out by Nashville.
Clune has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.7 million deal with a cap hit of $850,000.
According to Capfriendly.com, the buyout will cost the Preds $283,333 in each of the next two seasons.
“I’m very grateful for my years playing for the Nashville Predators,” Clune said via Twitter. I want to thank David Poile and the rest of the staff for everything. Most important my teammates and the fans mean the world to me. Thank you.
“Nothing changes, I plan on playing in the NHL next season and will continue my rigorous training regimen out in Los Angeles this off season.”
Clune spent most of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals scoring six goals and 17 points to go along with 181 penalty minutes.
Parenteau, Fistric land on unconditional waivers
In addition to Mike Richards, Ducks’ defenseman Mark Fistric and Habs’ forward P.A. Parenteau have also been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
Fistric’s buyout will cost the Ducks $1.8 million over the next four years while Parenteau will cost the Habs $1.3 million each of the next two seasons.