Getty

Ribeiro reports to AHL Milwaukee

1 Comment

When Mike Ribeiro was placed on waivers Friday, some observers doubted whether he’d report to the AHL if he cleared.

Well, he did clear, and after being assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, he has indeed reported.

As you can see below, the 36-year-old forward arrived at Admirals practice this morning.

The Admirals host Cleveland tomorrow at UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena.

It’s been over a decade since Ribeiro played an AHL game. But as humbling as this demotion may be, at least he won’t have to watch from the press box as a healthy scratch anymore.

On Friday, Predators coach Peter Laviolette explained the situation.

“I think the lineup decisions we’ve been making as of late have found Mike on the outside,” Laviolette said, per The Tennessean. “He didn’t want to finish that way, being in the stands. He had a request for a trade, and we tried to help him with that, so he’s on waivers today to see if there’s somebody that’s going to pick him up.”

Presumably, it’s still possible that the Predators run into injury problems and Ribeiro gets called back up. With a strong performance down in the minors, he might even have his wish granted and get traded.

But it’s also possible that Ribeiro, a pending unrestricted free agent who turns 37 on Friday, has played his last game in the NHL.

Related: Predators get Fiddler in trade with Devils

Predators activate Josi from IR, assign Ribeiro to AHL

Getty
1 Comment

The Nashville Predators announced on Saturday afternoon that veteran forward Mike Ribeiro has been assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, just one day after the team placed him on waivers after he had been a healthy scratch the past three games and requested a trade from the team.

None of the NHL’s 29 other teams put in a waiver claim for him on Saturday

In 46 games this season he has four goals and 21 assists.

While Ribeiro is on his way to the AHL, the Predators are getting one of their top defenseman back after activating Roman Josi from injured reserve.

Josi has been sidelined since the middle of January due to an injury he suffered as the result of a late hit from Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh.

Blidh received a five-minute major for interference on the play.

Josi’s offensive production has dropped a bit this season with 22 points in 42 games, but he remains one of the better all-around blueliners in the NHL. His injury also happened to coincide with an injury to P.K. Subban that kept Nashville’s two top defenders out of the lineup for several games. Not only are both back in the lineup, but the Predators are starting to stack some wins together and enter Saturday back in one of the top three spots in the Central Division.

The Predators play a Red Wings team on Saturday night that will be dealing with a couple of injuries to Frans Nielsen and Nicklas Kronwall.

Preds put Ribeiro on waivers after reported trade request

AP
7 Comments

Mike Ribeiro‘s days with the Nashville Predators may be over.

The Preds put the 36-year-old forward on waivers today. He’s been a healthy scratch the past three games, after finishing minus-2 in a 5-4 OT loss to Buffalo on Jan. 24.

“It’s never an ideal situation for anybody,” Preds GM David Poile said Wednesday, per The Tennessean. “It’s obviously worse for a top player, a player that has played as long as Mike has. I think that he needs to get back into the lineup at some point. If he’s not going to be playing on a regular basis, it’d probably be reason to have a talk or a meeting about it. But I have not talked to him about it yet. … I think I’m just going to have to respond to the situation based on if he’s not playing on a regular basis.”

It’s since been reported that Ribeiro has requested a trade.

Ribeiro is in the final year of his contract, which has an annual salary and cap hit of $3.5 million. He has four goals and 21 assists in 46 games this season.

It’s not clear what the Preds intend to do if Ribeiro clears waivers. They may assign him to the AHL. Or, this may simply be an attempt to get him to another team without having to trade him and retain salary.

Ribeiro entered the season already on thin ice, after his GM said he’d need to have the “summer of his life” in order to regain a top-six spot in the lineup.

“Mike Ribeiro is a big reason why we’ve made the playoffs the last two years, but he did struggle down the stretch, and in the playoffs, he was a healthy scratch a couple games,” Poile told reporters after the Preds were eliminated by the Sharks. “Mike really needs to have the summer of his life to regain his position back on the top two lines.”

Budaj gets fourth shutout of season for scrappy Kings

Getty
5 Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A road game for Nic Dowd definitely had a home feeling to it.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves and Dowd, a Huntsville, Alabama native, scored to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Nick Shore, Jeff Carter and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Los Angeles. Playing the sixth of their season-long nine-game road swing, the Kings improved their record to 3-2-1 on the current trip.

Budaj made 12 saves in the first period, nine in the second and seven in the third en route to his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career.

“I felt good tonight, I was seeing the puck well,” Budaj said. “The guys were doing a great job blocking shots. It always helps because Nashville is known for getting shots from the point and then trying to jam the net and just try to get the second, third opportunities. We eliminated that.”

Pekka Rinne made 21 saves for Nashville, which had a two-game winning streak come to an end.

“I definitely think that from a consistency standpoint, it needs to be better,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Win two, lose two, win two, lose one, win one, lose three – you’re going nowhere in mud really quick. We’ve got to string something together.”

The Kings have not allowed a power-play goal in eight consecutive games. In killing off three Nashville power plays, Los Angeles allowed just three shots on goal in the 6 minutes they were shorthanded.

“We’re limiting the number of penalties that we take, (that) obviously helps, two or three a game,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “We have good centermen that are pretty good penalty killers. There’s no secret to it.”

Shore scored the game’s first goal at 6:33 of the opening period.

Jordan Nolan carried the puck into the low slot and sent a pass to Shore in the right faceoff circle. Shore attempted to pass it back to Nolan, but the puck deflected off the stick of Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro and past Rinne.

The score remained 1-0 into the third, when Dowd and Carter scored 9 seconds apart.

Dowd, who grew up 100 miles south of Nashville, connected from the left faceoff circle at 4:25 with a wrist shot that squeezed just underneath Rinne’s leg pad.

Several of Dowd’s family members made the short trip north to see him play his first-ever NHL game in Nashville.

“Minus the goal, I think just playing here in general, I was just excited to be around my family and get to see them after,” Dowd said. “Very few times all five of them, six of them are going to be able to see me play at once.”

After winning the ensuing faceoff against Ribeiro, Carter carried the puck down the right side and snapped a shot by Rinne for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.

Carter has 25 points in 24 career games against Nashville.

“There are some things we can do better defensively too,” Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. “Like tonight in the third, we definitely left (Rinne) hanging back there, but I think it’s a big thing from the start. We’ve got to go and try to get the first goal and win the game. The game is so much easier when you have that lead, you’re playing with the momentum and everything. We’ve got to make sure we do that.”

Setoguchi connected at 11:39 of the third off a nice pass from Kings captain Anze Kopitar just outside Rinne’s crease.

The assist was Kopitar’s 700th career NHL point.

Notes: Predators D P.K. Subban missed his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. . Nashville C Calle Jarnkrok played in his 200th career NHL game. … Budaj is 9-5-0 in his career against Nashville. . The Kings are 11-1-1 when leading after two periods this season.

UP NEXT:

Kings: Travel to Dallas on Friday

Predators: Face Minnesota at home on Tuesday

The Predators coughed up a three-goal lead in OT loss to Devils

Getty
1 Comment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Michael Cammalleri‘s second goal of the game with 18 seconds remaining on the clock in overtime capped New Jersey’s comeback from three goals down in the third period and gave the Devils a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Taylor Hall took a pass from Cammalleri and brought the puck up the right side into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break, passed it back to Cammalleri cutting up the middle and he fired it past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

Cammalleri started the Devils’ comeback from a 4-1 deficit after two as he fired a rebound into an open net 25 seconds into the third.

Andy Greene pulled New Jersey within one 30 seconds later and Adam Henrique tied it with a power-play goal through Rinne’s legs with 7:23 remaining.

Hall had a goal and two assists, Travis Zajac also had two assists and Green added one for the Devils, who were 0-4-2 in their previous six road games. Keith Kincaid stopped 38 shots to improve to 3-1-2.

Kevin Fiala had two goals and P.K. Subban and Roman Josi also scored for the Predators, who fell to 9-1-2 at home. Rinne, a five-time All-Star, gave up five goals on 22 shots.

New Jersey evened its record to 6-6 in games beyond regulation, and Nashville fell to 0-4.

Fiala gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when Matt Irwin‘s point shot appeared to bounce off him into the net with 3:46 left in the first.

Hall tied it 1:17 later when he swatted a rebound out of the air past Rinne.

Nashville went back ahead on Subban’s wrist shot from the slot with 39 seconds left in the opening period. Five of Subban’s six goals have come at home.

Fiala’s second goal increased the Predators lead to 3-1 on a tic-tac-toe play from Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro at 6:02 of the second period.

Josi extended the Predators’ advantage to 4-1 when he blasted a one-timer from just inside the center of blue line past Kinkaid with 5:29 left in the second.