Predators sign Ribeiro, Roy


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Nashville, TN ( - The Nashville Predators have signed centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts.

The deal for Ribeiro is worth $1.05 million, while Roy signed for $1 million.

Ribeiro notched 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points in 80 games for the Coyotes last season and has also played for Montreal, Dallas and Washington in a 14-year NHL career. He had the final three years of a four-year deal bought out by Arizona in June.

"Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played," said Predators president and general manager David Poile in a statement Tuesday. "We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute."

Ribeiro has 202 goals and 454 assists for 656 points in 865 regular-season games since breaking in with the Canadiens in the 1999-2000 season. He spent parts of six seasons with Montreal, played six years in Dallas and one with Washington before his only season in Arizona.

The 34-year-old Montreal native was an NHL All-Star in 2007-08 when he set career highs with 28 goals, 56 assists and 83 points for the Stars. He has six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 49 NHL playoff games.

Roy spent the 2013-14 season with St. Louis and has also played for Buffalo, Dallas and Vancouver in a 10-year NHL career. He scored nine goals and added 28 assists for 37 points in 75 games with the Blues last season.

"Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young, developing wingers," added Poile. "He has played in a number of roles, averaging about 19 minutes of ice time throughout his career, and is effective on the power play. He provides our coaching staff with some added skill and maturity down the middle when putting together our lineup for the coming season."

The 31-year-old Ottawa native has 177 goals and 315 assists for 492 points in 666 NHL regular-season games. A four-time 20-goal scorer, his best season was 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games for the Sabres in 2007-08.

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