First, Jason Spezza rejected a trade that would have seen him become a Nashville Predator.
Then it was recently announced that Mike Fisher will miss four to six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
These have been tough times for Predators GM David Poile, who continues to attempt to bolster the team’s offence.
Nevertheless, he continues to slog along in his efforts to boost the team’s goal scoring potential.
After trading for Penguins sniper James Neal last month, Poile turned to the bargain basement shelf in free agency on Tuesday by inking forwards Mike Ribeiro and James Neal to one-year contracts. Ribeiro’s deal is worth $1.05 million US while Roy’s contract is just slightly less at $1 million.
Ribeiro and Neal do have some on-ice chemistry together dating back to a time when they were linemates with the Dallas Stars. At the same time, signing Ribeiro -- however cheap his deal might be -- is a risk, given that the Phoenix Coyotes let him go due to alleged off-ice issues.
Ribeiro had 16 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season. He has 202 goals and 454 assists in 865 career regular-season games.
Roy had nine goals and 28 assists in 75 games for the St. Louis Blues last season. He has 177 goals and 315 assists in 666 career regular-season games.
Ribeiro, Roy and Neal join a new-looked Preds offence that also includes recent signed free agent Olli Jokinen. Keep in mind that Jokinen is 35, Ribeiro is 34 and Roy is 31 - hardly a youth movement.