Sep 25, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro (63) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Phoenix Coyotes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes Buy-Out Mike Ribeiro

Welcome to draft day, folks!

With already some surprising moves in the NHL today, one very unlikely move has also been made.

The Arizona Coyotes have bought-out Mike Ribeiro’s $5.5 million contract due to “behavioral issues”.

Sarah McLellan, Coyotes writer for azcentral, covered the story on Twitter. “Maloney said this move was purely about behavioral issues and not cost-saving move. Ribeiro has been seeking help this summer”, said McLellan.

It’s unknown as to what Ribeiro’s behavioral issues entail, however given the fact that Maloney said Ribeiro has been seeking help, it could very well be drug related.

McLellan also went in to say “Coyotes weren’t naive when they acquired Ribeiro last summer, but Maloney thought they could manage. Called it a ‘mistake’ now.”

Understandably enough, Maloney is not a very happy general manager due to the fact that the Coyotes will, once again, be searching for a first line center. Who could the Coyotes target, however?

If they’re going to look for UFA centers, look no further than Paul Stastny.

Half the league is in on Stastny, therefore the chances of him signing with Arizona are slim, however it’s still something to consider.

Another name the Coyotes could target is Mikhail Grabovski. Signing Grabovski would be relatively similar, if not a little more expensive than Ribeiro, however it would be a suitable move and definitely a step in the right direction for the Coyotes.

Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, Ribeiro will be paid approximately $1.94 million by the Coyotes for the next six years.

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