The Nashville Predators have all the defense that a team could ever need in Weber, Jones, Josi, Victor Bartley, my favorite former Devil Anton Volchenkov, and Ryan Ellis (even though he’s a RFA this year), but where they really needed help was at center and with scoring.  With Mike Fisher having a major setback with a ruptured Achilles tendon which will keep him out for the next 4-6 months, the Preds have been making seemingly small moves that will hopefully have long lasting effects.

With new coach (and Coach #2 in the history of the team!) Peter Laviolette at the helm, this off-season the Preds signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year/$2.5 million deal, the aforementioned Volchenkov  to a one-year/$1 million deal, James Neal nee the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling during the NHL Draft in June, and D Mattias Ekholm (most famous for coming up from the Milwaukee Admirals at the tail-end of the 2013 season after Kevin Klein was injured) signed a 2 year/$2.075 million contract.

Today the Preds signed centers Mike Ribeiro to a one-year/$1.05 million deal and Derek Roy to a one-year/$1 million deal.  Ribeiro had a terrible season last year with the Coyotes, with rumors circulating that it was affecting his marriage (or vise versa) and also was affecting his hockey life with things such as shouting matches with the coach, being late to team meetings, etc. which GM Dave Poile and Ribeiro discussed in a press conference on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time the Predators have taken a chance on someone who had something to prove (King of Predators Twitter Rich Clune and former Predator Jordin Tootoo both quickly come to mind) and hopefully with so many low risk contracts, the Preds will do better than last seasons’ 88 points and second from the bottom in the Central division.

Born and raised around the swamps of Northern New Jersey, 6 minutes away from East Rutherford and 11 minutes away from Newark (all with no traffic, of course), she is a giant New Jersey Devils fan whose greatest pieces of hockey memorabilia include a Patrik Elias Team Czech #25 shirsey, a Theo Fleury Calgary Flames action figure and a signed picture of Kevin Weekes smiling for the camera. She learned a long time ago that every Devils player that isn't Patrik Elias who she loves will probably be traded away, sent to Russia or just never get a call from Uncle Lou during contract negotiations and she has learned, after drinking a lot of Kool-Aid, that that is okay sometimes because Uncle Lou will always bring them back for the last year or so of their hockey life. Speaking of, she is also been one of the few women in the Bobby Holik Appreciation Fan Club since 1996 or so.


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