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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 16th, 2014

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Crosby won't need surgery.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby does not need surgery on his injured wrist.

Crosby dealt with a wrist injury during the playoffs, and a report out of Pittsburgh last week indicated he needed surgery to fix the issue in time for training camp.

But the Penguins announced Tuesday on Twitter that "after seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's wrist," adding that he will continue to receive treatment and be evaluated as he prepares for camp.

Crosby had just one goal and eight assists in 13 playoff games. The Penguins were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers.

Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro have found a hockey team for next season.

The Nashville Predators have signed free-agent forwards Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one year deals.

Ribeiro, who was bought out of the final three years of his four-year, $22-million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes at the end of this past season, will earn $1.05-million while Roy's deal is for $1-million.

"Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played," Predators general manager David Poile said. "We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute."

Speaking of Ribeiro, he says the reason for his behavioural problems was his crumbling marriage.

After taking a humiliating buyout from the Arizona Coyotes, in which GM Don Maloney cited "behavioral issues" in eating the last three years of their deal, Mike Ribeiro called Poile to inquire if there was a match between the team and the 34-year-old free agent. The Predators' offensive needs, specifically in the middle, were no secret. Neither were Ribeiro's personal issues, including problems in his marriage.


So Poile, Ribeiro and his wife Tammy all got on a Skype call and spoke candidly. Poile wasn't sure where they left things. Ribeiro, meanwhile, made another bold move: Calling Peter Laviolette, the Predators' new coach, to further discuss his potential role with the team. Laviolette then called Poile, and said they had a good chat.


With talks progressing, but without a contract, Ribeiro and his family flew to Nashville to get a feel for the community - on their own dime. They spent four days assessing the town, the schools, the vibe. They reached out to former Predators players like J.P. Dumont for more intel.