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Zone Starts and Mike Ribeiro’s Buyout

The Phoenix Coyotes bought out Mike Ribeiro's contract this summer.  He had signed a four year contract with a $5.5 million cap hit the year before.  Since this contract was signed after the most recent CBA was signed it is not a compliance buyout and will count against the Arizona Coyotes salary cap into the future.  The reason given for the buyout is that Ribeiro had off-ice issues that prevented him from being a productive member of the team.  The Nashville predators gave him another chance.  They signed him to a one year contract worth $1.05 million.  This will either be a last chance or a chance to reinvent himself as an NHL player.

Ribeiro has had rumors of substance abuse that have followed him throughout his NHL career.  Perhaps this is part of the reason Ribeiro is moving onto his fifth NHL team.  In the NHL the ability to forgive players for off-ice behavior depends upon their productivity on the ice.  It is far easier to forgive a superstar than it is a role player.  When Ribeiro was scoring 70 or 80 points a year in Dallas, if he had the same issues, it was easier to forgive him than when he scored 47 points last year.  This isn't to say that 47 points is bad.  It makes him a solid second liner on most NHL teams.  The problem is he played an extremely easy offensive role as is shown by his zone starts.   

Mike Ribeiro led the NHL in excess offensive zone starts.  He was on the ice for 265 more offensive zone faceoffs than defensive ones.  Given that role, he should have had a more significant offensive contribution.  He should have been the team leader in points.  Ribeiro was the fifth highest scorer on his team and he posted the worst +/- rating among Coyote forwards.  Mike Ribeiro probably would have been forgiven for his off-ice problems if he had been a top scorer. 

The top offensive zone starters must be top offensive players in order for their role to be justified.  Ribeiro did not do this.  That made his buyout an easier decision for the Coyotes.

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The Phoenix Coyotes bought out Mike Ribeiro’s contract this summer.  He had signed a four year contract with a $5.5 million cap hit the year before.  Since this contract was signed after the most recent CBA was signed it is not a compliance buyout and will count against the Arizona Coyotes salary cap into the future.”

Old habits die hard, TPSH wink

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/29/14 at 04:20 PM ET

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> Uses zone starts to discredit Ribeiro
> Throws zone starts out the window when making a case for Krug

Old habits, indeed.

Posted by redwingshomersLOL on 07/29/14 at 04:45 PM ET

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The Pheonix/ Arizona thing was intentional.  It isn’t clear when the team changed names, but I am suggesting it occurs at the change of the season and the change of the season is July 1st when contracts end and free agency begins.  Hence Phoenix bought out Ribeiro and it will affect the Arizona salary cap this year.  So I think I got that right.

As for the snark about Krug, you can make a case or you can make a smart assed comment.  The top scoring rookie defenceman is a case where a lot of offensive zone starts paid off.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 07/29/14 at 06:01 PM ET

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The Pheonix/ Arizona thing was intentional.  It isn’t clear when the team changed names, but I am suggesting it occurs at the change of the season and the change of the season is July 1st when contracts end and free agency begins.  Hence Phoenix bought out Ribeiro and it will affect the Arizona salary cap this year.  So I think I got that right.

I was wondering if it may have been intentional, due to the timing of the events.

I just know it will take me some time to get used to calling them the Arizona Coyotes. Whenever I see the name in print it makes me wonder how difficult it was for the writer to not type “Phoenix”.

Those are the things that keep me up at night during the dog days of summer

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/29/14 at 06:13 PM ET

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It isn’t clear when the team changed names,

The team changed names the day of the draft—so June 27.  The Coyotes’ first-round pick was announced as the “Arizona Coyotes” and NHL Network mentioned that the change formally occurred that day.  I’m not sure if it was at 12:00 AM, 12:00 PM, or the announcement of the pick itself, but it wasn’t July 1.

Ribeiro’s buyout was announced on the 27th, so I think “Phoenix” is justified, even if, technically, it was effected the next day at noon, meaning Arizona wrote the check.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/29/14 at 10:41 PM ET

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