The Predators plan to keep Ribeiro around next season, though general manager David Poile said the forward "really needs to have the summer of his life to regain his position back on the top two lines," The Tennessean reports. Ribeiro only had two points through two playoff rounds, and Preds coach Peter Laviolette went as far as benching him against the Sharks in Games 3 and 4 of the conference semifinals. Perhaps the biggest knock on the 36-year-old is that he doesn't always give it his all in the defensive zone and isn't much of a scoring threat at this juncture. His seven goals in the regular season counted as his lowest output in 13 seasons, though he did manage to set up 43 goals. Ribeiro has one year left on his contract with the Predators. He'll garner $3.5 million next season, but it sounds like he'll be shown the door if he doesn't step up in 2016-17.
Ribeiro was not on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he will serve as a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Sharks, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports. As The Tennessean's Adam Vingan notes, Ribeiro's postseason has been rather lackluster thus far, having produced just one assist and a minus-3 rating in over nine postseason games. It's quite possible this will be just a one-game break for him but Pontus Aberg will look to take advantage of his first NHL action.
Ribeiro (rest) won't suit up for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Stars. With their postseason seeding already finalized, the Predators have decided to give Ribeiro, and a few other veteran players, an extra day of rest Saturday ahead of the team's upcoming first-round playoff series. The 36-year-old center will draw back into the lineup for Nashville's first postseason contest.
Ribeiro earned his 50th point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose. Ribeiro was making it tough on himself to reach 50 for the second consecutive year, as the 36-year-old had totaled just two points in his last 11 outings coming into Saturday (they came in the same game). It's been a rough stretch for the veteran, as fatigue could be factoring in as the season winds down -- this is his 16th campaign, mind you.
Ribeiro had two assists in Saturday's win over Columbus. It was just the first points in eight games for the second-line center, who had gone quiet for a surging Nashville team. Ribeiro is now up to 49 points in 75 games and has been a solid source of offense for the Predators. His goal total (seven) is low, but Ribeiro has posted back-to-back 40-assist seasons since arriving in Nashville and is a great playmaker. Now that he's out of that recent slump, get him back in your lineup.
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