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NHL free agents: Mike Ribeiro signs with Phoenix Coyotes

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Mike Ribeiro (Patrick  McDermott/Getty Images)

Mike Ribeiro will bring some juice to the Coyotes’ 25th-ranked power play. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Free agent center Mike Ribeiro has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. Let’s just hope he checked with his wife first.

The 33-year-old center was given four years and $22 million. The deal includes a partial no-trade clause.

He told TSN he had hoped to stay in Washington, but the chance to play under Dave Tippett, who coached Ribeiro previously in Dallas, was a big factor in his decision when he realized that wasn’t possible.

“He knows what he can get from me and I know what he wants and I’m ready to work for that,” Ribeiro said.

He revealed he’d also been in talks with Ottawa and Toronto.

Ribeiro is a devastating offensive weapon coming off a 13-26-49 season that ranks among the best of his career. He played a key role on a Washington Capitals power play that clicked at a league-best 26.8 percent. The Coyotes ranked 25th in that category last season, so he should make an immediate and significant impact on the club.

Ex-Bruin Horton scores one of the day’s first big deals

FREE AGENT TRACKER: Who’s available, who signed

  • Published On Jul 05, 2013
  • Matching key NHL free agents with their ideal teams

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    Free agent Nathan Horton would be a good fit on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Ex-Bruins center Nathan Horton would give the Maple Leafs some valuable Cup final experience. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe it’s all those ads that ran in a loop on NHL Network during the playoffs. Whatever the case, I can’t help but think that there are some free agents and teams that would be perfect matches for one another … even if they just don’t know it yet.

    I can’t bring them together, but I can point them in the right direction. And I can do it without the help of a talking dog.

    With the July 5 free agent frenzy fast approaching, here’s a look at the game’s top free agents and their perfect landing spots.

    Nathan Horton — Maple Leafs

    Yeah, there’s a big sentimental push to bring home David Clarkson, but Horton is younger (by a year), more experienced and has a better resumé highlighted by significant contributions to a Bruins team that twice reached the Cup final in a three-year span. He’ll likely be more expensive, and he doesn’t bring the same physical element as Clarkson, but he’s also a safer bet. Plus, think of how much fun it would be to stick it to Boston!

    UPDATE: Sorry, Toronto. Sounds like Horton’s just not that into you. He’s looking for something a little more low-key, where the media will be less demanding than what he faced in Boston. With that in mind, how about the Dallas Stars? They’re on the rebound after being dumped by Vincent Lecavalier, they’ve got the cap space, and they’re looking to make a splash in free agency to rebuild their credibility in the market.

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  • Published On Jul 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Kings advance; Joe Sakic takes over in Colorado; more links

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    Rick Nash

    Rick Nash and the Rangers will have to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in team history. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • No one ever shoots when the crowds screams for him to … except this once. The decision paid off, as Dustin Penner’s long blast with two-tenths of a click remaining on the clock served as the clincher as the Kings knocked off the Blues.

    • Solid piece from Bernie Miklasz on what went wrong this time for a St. Louis team that always finds a way to break the hearts of its fans.

    • It hasn’t been easy to be an Avs fan lately, but winning the first overall pick in the draft and now getting Joe Sakic in charge of hockey operations in Denver probably makes this the best postseason since they last won the Cup.

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  • Published On May 11, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Capitals take 3-2 series lead on Rangers in gasp-worthy Game 5

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    Capitals center Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Washington the series lead.

    Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Washington the series lead. (MCT/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    For the fourth-straight game in this series, one goal separated the two teams. The tight contests have made for fast-paced, tense hockey, never more so than on Friday night in Game 5. All tied after regulation, the overtime period offered a continuous string of gasps. The crowd collectively held its breath as Washington and New York traded scoring chances, but when Capitals center Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, the release was monumental. He was standing on the doorstep just to the right of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s cage when a point shot that was blocked in front rebounded right in front of him. Ribeiro easily swept it in, giving Washington the 3-2 series lead and setting off an eruption from the crowd and the Capitals’ bench that nearly blew the roof off of the Verizon Center.

    Some thoughts and observations from the Capitals’ 2-1 OT win:

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  • Published On May 10, 2013
  • Top Line: More on Morrows trade, Ruff choice in Tampa Bay, more links

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    Brenden Morrow was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Brenden Morrow should enjoy playing for the Penguins with former Stars teammates James Neal and Matt Niskanen. (Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • You like the Brenden Morrow/Joe Morrow trade? So do the folks in Pittsburgh and Dallas.

    • Mike Heika offers up a solid piece on what Brenden Morrow meant to the Stars.

    • Is former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff the first choice to replace Guy Boucher in Tampa?

    • It’s time for Sabres owner Terry Pegula to bring in a team of hockey advisors to help him run the team. Bucky Gleason offers some smart recommendations, including Pat LaFontaine, Rick Dudley, Don Luce and Mike Peca.

    • With his school-age children his top priority, Mike Ribeiro is looking for at least four years on his next contract. He’s hoping to stay in Washington, but if the Caps can’t meet that term demand, he thinks it’s best for him to move on.

    • Ribeiro’s former teammate Brad Richards says “he’s never experienced anything like” his current struggles with the Rangers. His assist on Sunday night against the Capitals was his first point in seven games. Richards is Exhibit A when discussing New York’s lost season.

    • Boston coach Claude Julien has demoted struggling winger Milan Lucic from the top line as the B’s look to shake up their offense.

    • The Caps are hoping a system that promotes shorter outlet passes will minimize the physical abuse opponents lay on defenseman Mike Green. Being a little quicker on the draw would help him, too.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2013
  • Capitals showing signs of life

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    The Washington Capitals are emerging from their slump.

    After a disastrously slow start, things are looking up for Alex Ovechkin and company. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s too early…way too early…to suggest that the Washington Capitals are clawing their way out of the deep hole they dug with their disastrous 2-8-1 start.

    Even after a calmly efficient 3-0 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, the Caps remain in 14th place in the East, spared residence in the basement only by virtue of two games in hand over the equally slow-out-of-the-gates Sabres.

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    But there were signs in that victory, and the one that directly preceded it, that suggest we might want to hold off just a little longer on engraving the tombstone for Washington’s troubled season.

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  • Published On Feb 27, 2013
  • The List: NHL’s most hated players

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    Many NHL fans hate Sidney Crosby

    Hockey fans are never shy about expressing their feelings, especially in Philadelphia. (Chris Szagola/CSM/Landov)

    By Allan Muir

    So Forbes came out with an article detailing America’s 10 most disliked athletes. No surprise that hockey wasn’t represented on the list. I mean, “most-disliked” simply doesn’t apply to this game. We don’t deal in anything so namby-pamby. Hockey’s all about passion, about love and hate. So here are the guys you most love to loathe.

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  • Published On Feb 07, 2013