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Mike Ribeiro’s ‘behavioral issues’ included missed buses, meetings: Report

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Mar 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro (63) reacts to being defeated by the Boston Bruins 2-1 at TD Banknorth Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

As Mike Ribeiro’s contract was bought out by the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, GM Don Maloney cited “behavioral issues” as the driving force behind the decision to get out from under the last three years of his deal. 

The details are starting to emerge about those issues, via Fox Sports Arizona:

His past track record with coach Dave Tippett in Dallas made the management and coaching staffs believe they could handle whatever issues arose, but a source told FOX Sports Arizona that Ribeiro was late for practices, missed meetings, missed buses and even engaged in a shouting match with Tippett in the locker room after a game in Colorado.

Ribeiro had some marital issues as well and he never seemed to click with any of his linemates, managing just 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games. With his team chasing a playoff spot late in the season, Tippett benched Ribeiro for games at Pittsburgh and New Jersey.

One gets the feeling this is tip-of-the-iceberg stuff with Ribeiro, but lessons have been learned for all parties. As Maloney said: "We're going to be cautious and build this franchise the right way with character and people we believe in."

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