Ribeiro could be forced to retire due to his struggles with alcoholism, according to his agent, Richard Labbe of La Presse reports.
Ribeiro's agent Bob Perno revealed that the center had relapsed in his recovery from alcoholism, which is likely to end his 17-year NHL career. "He's not training and he's not on the ice anymore," Perno said. "There is not a single NHL team or even a European team that has called me to inquire about his services."
Ribeiro cleared waivers Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Predators GM David Poile left some hockey fans in a frenzy with his decision to waive Ribeiro -- who is second on the team with 21 helpers in 46 games -- but the move actually isn't all that surprising with consideration to his $3.5 million cap hit. According to Adam Vingan of The Tennessean, the big club plans to assign the veteran pivot to AHL Milwaukee. This could be a prime opportunity to buy low on Ribeiro on the off-chance that he digs his way out of this less-than-ideal situation.
Ribeiro was waived by the Predators on Friday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
After being a healthy scratch for the Predators' last three outings, the brass have decided to place Ribeiro on waivers. The center may be a long shot to be claimed -- despite his four goals and 21 helpers -- when you consider his $3.5 million cap hit. If he does clear, Nashville may decide to keep him up in the NHL, rather than immediately sending him to the minors. Besides, there are no guarantees Ribeiro would agree to report to AHL Milwaukee, which could create a whole new wrinkle to this saga.
Ribeiro was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
The veteran Ribeiro is lost in the shuffle in the Music City right now, and a change of scenery might do him some good. He is on pace for 43 points, which would be his lowest total since the 2002-03 season. As such, he is only worth a look in deeper fantasy pools at the moment.
Ribeiro posted an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Sabres.
Ever since sitting out two games as a healthy scratch earlier this month, Ribeiro has responded with three assists in five games. So it looks like whatever message Preds coach Peter Laviolette was sending to the veteran pivot has been received loud and clear. Still, Ribeiro's lack of goal scoring this year remains a concern -- he has just four on the year and hasn't netted one in over a month. He's safe to activate for now, but Ribeiro remains a fringe fantasy option at best.
Ribeiro was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Avalanche.
After sitting out Thursday's game against the Bruins, Ribeiro once again found himself watching from the sideline versus the Avs. Currently on pace for the worst offensive season of his career with just 22 points in 41 games, it will be interesting to see if this two-game benching is temporary, or whether it marks the beginning of the end of Ribeiro's tenure in Nashville. For now, fantasy owners should be looking at alternatives to plug into their lineup until the situation is resolved one way or the other.
Ribeiro will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's home contest with the Bruins, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.
Ribeiro has played in all 41 of the Predators' games this season, so he's likely just getting a maintenance day. The 36-year-old center may no longer reach 70-plus points like he did in his younger days but he's still racked up 22 (four goals, 18 assists) just halfway through the campaign. Fantasy owners may want to check on the Quebec native's status prior to the Preds' upcoming matchup with the Avalanche on Saturday, but there's no indication that he won't be a full go for that one.
Ribeiro registered two helpers -- one on the power play -- during Friday's 4-0 win against the Blues.
Ribeiro has been severely struggling, coming into Friday on a seven-game pointless streak. The 36-year-old was able to snap out of his funk for his third multi-point outing of December, and now has inspired confidence that he can return to being a consistent threat. Before the cold streak, Ribeiro had not gone more than two games without reaching the scoresheet this season.
Ribeiro entered the holiday break riding a five-game pointless streak, and has scored a goal just once in his past 16 games.
Given his current pace, Ribeiro will be lucky to match the 50-point total he posted last season, and will more likely fall somewhere in the 40-45 point range. Unfortunately for Ribeiro, who becomes a free agent after this season, the Preds are unlikely to bring him back given his advancing age (36) and falling productivity. For now, he continues to center a line with Colin Wilson and Craig Smith, and is only worthy of fantasy attention in medium to deeper formats.
Ribeiro notched two assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's win over Colorado.
With an assist-heavy 17 points in 25 games, he's been surprisingly productive at age 36 despite a significant dip in ice time. He's certainly never been known as a sniper, but incredibly, Ribeiro's point total is close to catching up with his shot total -- with Tuesday's lone puck on net, he's now taken 20 shots on the season.
Ribeiro contributed an assist in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Avalanche, giving him six points in his last seven games.
Ribeiro now has 13 points in 22 games, putting him roughly on pace for the same 50-point season he had last year. Trouble is, he's seeing less ice time than he was last season (15:54 vs. 17:27) as he has been bouncing between the second and third lines. This likely gives him a bit more downside in fantasy terms, so don't rely on him too heavily.
Ribeiro lit the lamp on the power play Saturday, but the Predators lost to the Blues on the road, 3-1.
It's been a predictable start to the season for the veteran pivot, as he's dialed in seven helpers but only two goals in 16 games. This puts him on pace to secure around 46 points, which would represent a drop in production for the second straight campaign.
Ribeiro scored a goal on his only shot, added an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 5-1 win over Ottawa.
He'd been mired in a slump lately, tallying just a single assist over the past five games; Ribeiro also broke a streak of three consecutive games without a shot on goal. That pretty well illustrates both the good news and the bad news that he brings to fantasy teams; the playmaking pivot is a reluctant shooter who's 36 years old and well removed from his days of stardom.
Ribeiro logged an assist for the second straight game Thursday against the Coyotes. He also saw a season-high 18:28 in ice time, including 4:12 on the power play.
Ribeiro was bumped up to the second line Thursday after Mike Fisher was scratched with an upper-body injury. Ribeiro will likely be dropped back to third-line status once Fisher returns, but fantasy owners should take advantage of his top-six status while it lasts. With six points in 10 games this season, Ribeiro is on pace for another 50-point season similar to last year, so if that's the output level you had in mind when you drafted him, he shouldn't be disappointing you right now.
Ribeiro scored his first goal of the season during Friday's loss to Detroit.
Ribeiro's shot volume isn't going to reward many goals, as he's registered just three shots on net to start the year. He recorded just 76 shots through 81 games last season, too. And while he's a good bet to provide plenty of assists, it is the only category he helps in other than penalty minutes. Also, at 36, Ribeiro's best offensive years are in the rear-view mirror. He's a low-end center option in most fantasy settings at this stage of his career.
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 knocks on the 36-year-old are 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.