Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mike Ribeiro Autograph Card

Well, congratulations are in order for Mike Ribeiro, who seems to once again have found work centering an NHL team's first line, this time with the Nashville Predators (possibly the last team in the West without a #1 center), where he'll be able to feed James Neal enough perfect passes to once more reach the 40-goal plateau.

The pair had previously been teammates with the Dallas Stars, and a natural passer combined with a natural shooter, both with things to prove, just might be what makes the Preds a playoff-bound team. That, and the play of Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber, of course.

But with the additions of Ribeiro, Neal, Olli Jokinen, and Derek Roy, and with Mike Fisher set to return from injury in December to play along with the young prospects the organization has been grooming, it's safe to say Nashville has never been so deep in their top-6 forwards, despite some being in their twilight years (Jokinen and Roy, particularly).

And it's a cheap group, too, with Ribeiro out to make $1.05M, Roy $1M, and Jokinen $2.5M.

So it's a great time to feature this signed insert from In the Game's 2001-02 Be A Player Signature Series set (card #237, his First Signature Card as stated on the back, signed on-card in thin black sharpie with his jersey number - 71 - tagged at the end), showing him in the Montréal Canadiens' white (then-home) uniform:

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